Spencer R. Pruitt, PhD

Associate Vice President of Research Computing

Spencer R. Pruitt received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He then entered the graduate program at Iowa State University, joining the research group of Prof. Mark S. Gordon. After completing his PhD, he continued his work in the Gordon group as a postdoctoral associate. Afterwards, he spent time as a postdoctoral appointee in the Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory working on massively parallel fragmentation methods and porting code to new architectures. Before coming to Northeastern, he worked as a Computational Scientist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he expanded the HPC resources, supported faculty and students with their research computing needs, and served as Interim Director of Academic and Research Computing. 

As Associate Vice President of Research Computing at Northeastern University, he works closely with faculty to enable their computational science research, leads the growing Research Computing team, and provides strategic vision for the future of research computing in support of the university’s research enterprise.

Raphael Schroter, PhD

Raphael Schroter

Assistant Director, Research Computing

Raphael Schroter is the Assistant Director of Research Computing at Northeastern University. He works closely with university researchers across all disciplines, to help them achieve their research goals using Northeastern’s high performance computing resources. He has more than 15 years of research experience in high energy physics, working in large scientific collaborations. During his years as a research assistant at Harvard University he has lead several cross-functional analysis projects in one of the world’s largest neutrino experiment. He holds a PhD from the University of Geneva.

Mariana Levi, PhD

Mariana Levi

Associate Computational Scientist

Mariana Levi is an Associate Computational Scientist on the Research Computing team, who serves to support and enhance the research enterprise at Northeastern University. Her main goal is to assist research groups to take full advantage of the Discovery cluster through direct interaction, training, and benchmarking of scientific software. Mariana has a PhD in computational physics from Northeastern University with over 6 years of experience in scientific computing, including large-scale biomolecular simulations and quantum (DFT) calculations.

Julia Unis

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Technical Writer, Research Computing

Julia Unis is the technical writer for the Research Computing team, responsible for all external and internal documentation for the team, as well as serving as the training and event coordinator. She has worked as a technical communicator in the computer industry for over 20 years, creating user assistance materials for a wide variety of hardware and software applications. She has also been a lecturer at Northeastern since 2008, teaching graduate-level courses in the Technical Communications program. She has a BA in English, an MA in Applied Linguistics, and is currently completing her EdD at Northeastern.

James Macalino

James Macalino

Storage Engineer, Research Computing

James Macalino is the storage engineer for the Research Computing team responsible for managing, maintaining, and optimizing research computing storage systems, as well as developing novel storage systems and frameworks to meet researchers’ evolving needs. He has over 15 years of experience in IT Systems Administration and has served as a SAN/NAS administrator at Northeastern University for over 7 years. He has a BS in Biology from the US Air Force Academy and an MS in Informatics from Northeastern University.

Manasvita Joshi, PhD

Associate Data Scientist

Manasvita Joshi is an Associate Data Scientist on the Research Computing team. She is responsible for supporting researchers take full advantage of Discovery through direct interaction; helping them design and implement methods and tools for data curation and visualization; and providing code optimization and scientific software benchmarking. She has over 10 years of experience in high-energy astrophysics, numerical modeling, data exploration, and data analysis. She has been a PI for multiple NASA-funded projects and reviewer for grant committees. She has spoken at over 30 conferences, taught astronomy courses, and mentored students.

Shobana Sekar, PhD

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Associate Bioinformatician

Shobana Sekar is an Associate Bioinformatician for the Research Computing team. She is responsible for assisting faculty and students working with genomic and molecular biology data with developing software stacks and pipelines for high throughput analysis. She has over 7 years of experience in analyzing next-generation sequencing (NGS) data including whole genome, RNA, exome, and ChIP-seq datasets. She has led and supported bioinformatic analyses for several collaborative projects in the neurogenomics and cancer genomics research space and has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications.


Boris Yazlovitsky


HPC Administrator, Research Computing

Boris Yazlovitsky is the High Performance Computing Systems Administrator for the Research Computing team, responsible for the operations, upgrades, and maintenance of the Discovery cluster. He has over 20 years of experience as a Linux and UNIX systems administrator in the engineering and computer industries. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics.

Greg Shomo

Senior System Administrator

Prasad Bandarkar

Co-op Cyberinfrastructure Facilitator

Nitish Tyagi

Co-op Assistant Data Scientist

Rhea Dcosta

Co-op Assistant Data Analyst

Rohin Arora

Graduate Student Assistant

Srinjoy Chakravarty

Graduate Student Assistant

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