Gwen Jacobs

  • Co-DirectorHawai‘i Data Science Institute
  • Director of CyberinfrastructureInformation Technology Services, University of Hawai‘i

Contact Info:

  • Information Technology Center 2520 Correa Road Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96822


Dr. Jacobs received her undergraduate training in Human Anatomy and Physiology from UC Berkeley, a Masters Degree in Physiology from UC Davis and her PhD in Neuroscience from SUNY Albany. She was on the faculty at UC Berkeley for 15 years and on the faculty of Montana State University for 16 years where she was a Professor of Neuroscience, Department Head, Assistant Chief Information Officer and Director of Research Computing. In addition to her faculty roles, she directed the Howard Hughes Undergraduate Biology Program (2002 – 2014) and the Lariat Networking Project. She is currently the University of Hawai‘i Director of Cyberinfrastructure for Information Technology Services, responsible for directing and implementing research infrastructure support for the university.


  • Director – Hawaiʻi EPSCoR and PI Track 1: ‘Ike Wai: Securing Hawaii‘s water future. (2016 – 2021)
  • Chair – NSF Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure (2016 – 2020)
  • NSF Jetstream Stakeholder Advisory Board
  • Founding member of the National Consortium on Advanced Cyberinfrastructure – Research and Educational Facilitation 2015
  • Co-principal investigator on the NSF funded ‘Frameworks: Project Tapis: Next Generation Software for Distributed Research (2019 – 2024)
  • National Science Foundation EarthCube Advisory Committee (2016 – 2019)