Faculty & Staff

The Center is a focal point for bioinformatics research and instruction at VCU. Faculty, staff, master’s and PhD students in the Center conduct nationally and internationally recognized research in bioinformatics, data science, and systems biology.

Academic Faculty

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Michael Rosenberg

Director
Evolutionary Biology and Data Science
Office: Grace E. Harris Hall, Room 3102A
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Bret Boyd

Assistant Professor
Insect-Microbial Symbiosis, Phylogenetics, Comparative Genomics
Office: Grace E. Harris Hall, Room 3111
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LaMont Cannon

Assistant Professor
Biostatistical Learning, Genetic Inference, Computational Biology and Control of Biological Systems
Office: Grace E. Harris Hall, Room 3110
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Paul Fawcett

Assistant Professor
Office: Sanger Hall, Room 5031
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Allison Johnson

Associate Professor
Office: Grace E. Harris Hall, Room 3115
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Luiz Shozo Ozaki

Associate Professor
Office: Grace E. Harris Hall, Room 3139
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Peter Uetz

Associate Professor
Protein Function, Reptile Taxonomy
Office: Grace E. Harris Hall, Room 3136
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Brian Verrelli

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Ping Xu

Full Professor
Office: Wood Memorial Building, Room 424

Emeritus Faculty

Our emeritus professors are distinguished and accomplished retired faculty who served the Center and University for many years and continue to provide support to the latest generation of students, faculty, and staff.

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Danail Bonchev

Full Professor
Office: Grace E. Harris Hall, Room 3132
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Lemont B. Kier

Full Professor
Office: Grace E. Harris Hall, Room 3135

Advising Staff

A critical component of our students success in Bioinformatics is their ability to successfully navigate through their degree programs and be aware of the multitude of opportunities for them at each stage.

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Lian Currie

Academic Advisor
Office: Grace E. Harris Hall, Room 3138

Affiliate Faculty

In addition to our academic faculty assigned to the Center, our teaching and research missions are further supported by individuals whose primary appointment is in another unit or institution but allocate effort to the Center. The expertise and experience of these individuals enhances our core mission effectiveness.

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Lindsay Miles

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Mississauga; Urban Evolution, Population Genetics
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Lauren Turner

Foodborne and Advanced Pathogen Characterization, Lead Scientist, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, Virginia Department of General Services

Adjunct Faculty

In addition to our academic and affiliated faculty, we are fortunate to work with some of the best practitioners in the field.  By virtue of their expertise, the following individuals contribute to the deployment of our curriculum.

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William Benton

Adjunct Instructor
Innovation Ecosystem Researcher, Interorganizational Project Development, and Emergent Social Systems
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Mohammed Islam

Adjunct Instructor
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