Dave Liska

Head, Information Technology Services Division
Dave Liska

As the head of the information technology services division, Mr. David Liska is responsible for the strategic direction and ongoing operations of the institute’s computing environment. His team’s primary focus is on building and expanding IT capabilities to support science and our missions. By focusing on organizational capability, long-term strategy, best practices, and integrated information security, the institute is positioned to move from a single- to a multi-mission environment.

Before joining the institute, Mr. Liska served as the deputy chief information officer at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) where he oversaw all aspects of information technology strategy and operations, including software engineering, enterprise applications, networking, security, and service delivery. During his tenure at APL, staff morale, use of best practices, inter-departmental relationships, and service performance demonstrated significant and objectively measured improvements.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Liska was a director of IT for InforMax (a bioinformatics software development company) and Invitrogen (a biotechnology research organization) where he led global, multidisciplinary teams through periods of high organizational growth following mergers and acquisitions. His primary focus was moving information technology from the back office to being part of the strategic focus of each organization. 

Mr. Liska launched his career as a data scientist focusing on epidemiology studies of patients with end-stage renal disease, and data-driven policy and legislative analyses related to Medicare and Medicaid.  He has co-authored several books and peer-reviewed articles on these topics.


MS in Health Science, Johns Hopkins University
BS in Economics, Binghamton University