Erik Segerdell


Ontology Coordinator


Major responsibilities

•   As ontology coordinator, help integrate ontologies at high level
•   Advise on ontology development best practices
•   Provide a “help desk” service for individuals or groups who are developing new ontologies


•   Graduate Student in Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
•   B.S., Biology (1992), University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Previous positions

•   Scientific Data Curator for eagle-i Consortium (2009-2011), Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
•   Scientific Curator for Xenbase (2007-2009), University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
•   Scientific Curator for ZFIN (1998-2007), University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Select presentations and publications

•  Nicole Vasilevsky, Tenille Johnson, Karen Corday, Carlo Torniai, Matthew Brush, Erik Segerdell, Melanie Wilson, Chris Shaffer, David Robinson and Melissa Haendel (2012) Research resources: curating the new eagle-i discovery system. Database Vol. 2012, bar067.

•  Segerdell E, Bowes JB, Pollet N, and Vize PD. (2008) An ontology for Xenopus anatomy and development. BMC Dev Biol 8:92.

•  Torniai C, Brush M, Vasilevsky N,Segerdell E, Wilson M, Johnson T, Corday K, Shaffer C, and Haendel M. (2011) Developing an application ontology for biomedical resource annotation and retrieval: Challenges and lessons learned. International Conference on Biomedical Ontology 2011; July 26–30, 2011; Buffalo, NY.

•  Segerdell E, et al. eagle-i: an ontology-driven framework for biomedical resource curation and discovery. Poster presentation at: Biocuration 2010; October 11–14, 2010; Tokyo, Japan.

Professional honors

•  International Society for Biocuration 2009-present

Outside of work

•  Erik’s interests include outdoor pursuits, music, photography and travel.