Vessela leads the Data Management Program which aims to make research data easily discoverable, accessible and understandable both among immediate collaborators and for long-term re-use. Vessela wants to see data used to their full potential, and the researchers who produced them to be recognized for their valuable work. She has experience with data both as a scientist (Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology) and as a curator. In her work as a curator, she has worked with data from multiple disciplines in the sciences and social sciences. She strives to provide solutions for data organization and standardization to enable UC Davis researchers to both seamlessly collaborate on an active project and to fulfill federal and publisher requirements for sharing and archiving of data.