Kevin Silverstein

GEMS Operations Manager

Expertise: Bioinformatics, Systems biology, Comparative genomics, Databases, Plant-microbe interactions

Kevin is Scientific Lead for the Research Informatics Solutions (RIS) group at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI). He has spent decades performing large-scale bioinformatics analyses involving cutting-edge high-throughput data from bacteria, fungi, plants, mammals and complex communities. He has performed detailed investigations of plant-microbe systems in continued research since 2001. Additionally, in 2010-2012, he led an effort to identify mutations in clinical patients with Fairview Hospital which has been expanded in partnership with MSI and continues to be used today. The knowledge gained from handling protected patient data has been brought over to this platform to protect farmer and corporate data. Kevin has authored over 70 research articles, which can be found at