Moni is the biocuration lead & a bioinformatics scientist at the Berkeley Bioinformatics Open-Source Projects group (BBOP) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she offers evolutionary and biologically relevant perspectives to the development of genome annotation editing tools. She is a molecular biologist with a background in genomic resources production: in the lab, in library construction and analysis; and at the computer, in molecular evolution, genome annotation editing, functional annotation, etc. She is currently the Project Manager for Apollo - a web-based annotation editor designed to support community-based curation of genomes - and manager for outreach and user advocacy for the Gene Ontology Consortium.
Moni is currently the Chair of the International Society for Biocuration (ISB), and she leads the Community Curation group within the global initiative to sequence and annotate the genomes of 5,000 arthropods (i5K Initiative). Although she now moves in a species-agnostic environment for curation of non-model organisms, much of her previous work was focused on Arthropods, particularly species of Hymenoptera – thus her unapologetic insect bias.