Nirav Merchant is the founding Director for Bio Computing at the University of Arizona since 1997. He is the Co-PI for NSF CyVerse a national scale Cyberinfrastructure for life sciences.
He received his undergraduate degree in Industrial engineering from the University of Pune, India, and graduate degree in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona (1994).
Over the last two decades his research has been directed towards developing scalable platforms for supporting open science and open innovation, with emphasis on improving research productivity for geographically distributed interdisciplinary teams. His interests include large-scale data management platforms, data delivery technologies, managed sensor and mobile platforms for health interventions, workforce development, and project based learning.