SBML is the result of many people's efforts over many years. This page lists individuals and groups who have (or have had) specific roles, but this short list is not meant to diminish the contributions of the broader community of people and companies developing software systems that use SBML.
People's involvements also change over time, and we try to keep this page updated to stay current with the SBML community.
A history of the beginnings of SBML is provided on a separate page.
SBML Editors, Coordinator, and Secretary
The SBML Editors are devoted experts who develop SBML specifications, correct errata, assess proposals, and manage revisions to SBML. The five Editors are elected by the SBML community and serve for 3-year terms as volunteers. One of the Editors is nominated by the other Editors to be Coordinator and lead activities such as organizing and chairing Editor meetings, monitoring progress on new SBML developments, and other such work. The SBML Permanent Secretary is not an elected or volunteer position; instead, it is someone from the SBML Team paid to work on SBML activities such as managing community votes, writing documents, etc.
Past SBML Editors have been Frank Bergmann (2013–2015), Sven Sahle (2013–2015), Sarah M. Keating (2011–2013), Chris J. Myers (2011–2013), James C.Schaff (2010–2012), Lucian Smith (2010–2012), Darren Wilkinson (2008–2009), Stefan Hoops (2007–2009), Nicolas Le Novère (2006–2008, 2011–2013), Michael Hucka (2000–2015), Andrew M. Finney (2000–2006), Herbert M. Sauro (2000–2006), and Hamid Bolouri (2000–2006). The SBML effort and community benefited tremendously from their involvement and hard work.
SBML Partner Groups
Over the years, a few groups have devoted large portions of their resources, time, and energy, over many years, to support SBML in all ways, in particular by obtaining independent funding for explicit SBML development and hosting members of the SBML Team (described below). The SBML Partners are, in effect, the backbone of the SBML effort.
Past SBML Partners have been the Kitano group at the Systems Biology Institute (Japan), the Bolouri group at the University of Hertfordshire (UK), and the Brent group at the Molecular Sciences Institute (US). The SBML project began in John Doyle's group at Caltech, with Hamid Bolouri, Andrew Finney, Herbert Sauro and Michael Hucka.
SBML Scientific Advisory Board
The SBML Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is composed of scientists and researchers with expertise in topics covered by SBML. The SAB provides guidance to the SBML Editors and the SBML Forum regarding the goals, features, applications, and other aspects of SBML development and use. The chair of the SBML SAB is Dr. Michael Hucka.
Development of SBML specifications is open and proceeds with input from the user community. Many people have spent significant time developing proposals for SBML enhancements and extensions. The following is an attempt to credit everyone who has developed written proposals for SBML changes (other than those by the original SBML Team). We greatly appreciate notices of omissions and other errors (please email firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can make this list as accurate as possible.
| Daniel Lucio, |
| Virtual Cell Team, |
Univ. of Connecticut Health Center, USA
|Representing spatial geometry||Jun. '01 (3rd Forum)|
| Eric Mjolsness, |
| Machine Learning Systems |
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, USA
|Support for arrays||Jun. '01 (3rd Forum)|
| Martin Ginkel, |
| Gilles group |
MPI Magdeburg, Germany
|Modularity of models||Jun. '01 (3rd Forum)|
| Nicolas Le Novère|
| Bray Group|
University of Cambridge, UK
|Multistate molecules & complex species||Jun. '01 (3rd Forum)|
| Igor Goryanin,|
|Miscellaneous SBML extensions proposal||Jun. '01 (3rd Forum)|
| Naoki Tanimura, |
| Systems Biology Institute |
|Representation of graphical diagrams||Jul. '02 (5th Forum)|
| Sven Sahle, |
| EML Research gGmbH |
|Diagram layout||Nov. '03 (8th Forum)|
| Claudine Chaouiya, |
| LGPD/IBDM/IML |
|Logical regulatory networks||Oct. '04 (9th Forum)|
|Michael Blinov|| T-10 group |
Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
|Rule-based models||Oct. '04 (9th Forum)|
| Colin Gillespie, |
Newcastle University, UK
Comp. Neuroscience Group
|Distributions||May '05 (sbml-discuss)|
|Frank Bergmann|| Sauro Group |
Keck Graduate Institute, USA
|Render extension||Oct. '05 (10th Forum)|
|Karthik Raman|| Indian Institute of Science |
|Flux balance models||Oct. '06 (11th Forum)|
| Ranjit Randhawa, |
| JigCell Group |
Virginia Tech, USA
|Model composition||Mar. '06 (ICSB 2006)|
|Stefan Hoops|| COPASI Team, |
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, USA
|Hierarchical model composition||Oct. '07 (12th Forum)|
| Anika Oellrich, |
Nicolas Le Novère
| Comp. Neuroscience Group |
|Multicomponent & multistate species||Oct. '08 (13th Forum)|
| Duncan Berenguier, |
Nicolas Le Novère
Martijn van Iersel
Comp. Neuroscience Group
Inst. Gulbenkian de Ciência
|Qualitative models||Oct. '08 (13th Forum)|
| Frank Bergmann, |
| Univ. of Washington and VU University Amsterdam|
USA and The Netherlands
|Flux Balance||Oct. '09|
| Dagmar Waltemath|
| University of Rostock, University of Manchester and Newcastle University|
Germany and the UK
|Annotations||Oct. '10 (2010 workshop)|
|Chris Myers|| University of Utah|
|Restart efforts on (1) arrays and (2) dynamical structures||Oct. '11 (COMBINE 2011)|
The SBML Team strives to support the SBML community and the development and maintenance of specific SBML infrastructure and facilities. In particular, the team is responsible for (1) maintaining this website, the SBML mailing lists, electronic surveys, and other resources; (2) arranging for the development and support of critical software, including libSBML, the SBML Validator, and the SBML Test Suite; and (3) organizing SBML events, including the SBML Forum Meetings and SBML Hackathons.
Many people other have been members of the SBML Team in past years. In fact, there have been so many that we have devoted a whole separate page to them!
We are grateful for the funding agencies and organizations that have supported SBML in the past and continue to support it today. Without them, SBML would not exist. Our acknowledgments page provides a full list of who they are.
The principal investigator on the project that lead to the development of the first specification of SBML was Hiroaki Kitano, and the PI of the subcontract to Caltech was John C. Doyle. In addition to the JST-funded project, Hiroaki Kitano, John C. Doyle, Hamid Bolouri, and Roger Brent at different times obtained funding from various agencies in the USA, Japan and UK to support staff and meetings aimed at continuing the development of SBML and associated resources. Since 2005, other principal investigators (notably Michael Hucka at Caltech and Nicolas Le Novère at EMBL-EBI) have obtained funding to continue development and support of SBML.
No one—not the principal investigators, nor the SBML Editors, nor the SBML Team, nor the funding agencies or anyone else—owns SBML; it is a free and open community effort that extends beyond any single group, and we view ourselves only as organizers and fellow developers.