Lavanya Ramakrishnan is a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. She started at the Lab in 2009 as an Alvarez fellow and has also served a group lead for Usable Software Systems group. Ramakrishnan has over 15 years of experience working on grants funded from various federal agencies including DOE, NSF, DOD, DARPA in various roles. Her research interests are in building software tools for computational and data-intensive science with a focus on workflow, resource and data management. More recently, she has been using user research methods to understand as well as verify/validate the context of use and social challenges that often impact tool design and development. She currently leads a number of project teams that consist of a mix of social scientists, software engineers, and computer scientists.