Dr. Richard Pearse studied Biochemistry and performed independent research in a biophysics lab at the University of California-Riverside. He then attended graduate school at UC-San Diego where he earned his PhD in Biomedical Sciences using molecular biological techniques to study transcriptional regulation of vertebrate development and differentiation. In 1997, he brought this broad background to Harvard Medical School where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship studying developmental signal transduction pathways, embryonic pattern formation, and cellular lineage in development. During this period, he created a high-throughput assay for tendon differentiation; developed in cell-based, gene-trap libraries to identify targets of molecular signaling; and identified biomarkers that can distinguish ligament sub-types.
Richard’s 18 years of experience at the research bench exposed him to the daily problems resulting from a lack of information organization. He subsequently dedicated himself to increasing the efficiency of medical research by helping the adoption of advanced information organization technologies by the research community. He is a proponent of open-science and information sharing. He currently leads the “Resource Navigation” arm of the eagle-i project, which makes resource information highly visible through thorough curation and publication as linked-open-data. The eagle-i network has recently expanded from the original consortium of 9 universities to now include all RCMI and many CTSA institutions.