Zack is committed to the notion that data integration and management are powerful infrastructure tools that, while used extensively in industries like banking and intelligence, have never been effectively deployed against problems in healthcare where they have the potential to transform the way science and research is done. Zack co-founded Blackfynn to make this vision a reality.

Zack is a Professor of Computer and Information Science and the Director of the Singh Program on Networked and Social Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He is internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts in large-scale data integration and data analytics, and is an author of the textbook Principles of Data Integration. For nearly twenty years he has worked on addressing the challenges of collaborative data management and analysis, particularly for medical and life sciences data – culminating in the core of the Blackfynn platform. His research has won multiple awards, including an IEEE Conference on Data Engineering Most Influential Paper award in 2013. He has been a Visiting Scientist at Google and a member of DARPA’s Information Science and Technology Advisory Panel.