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Peccoud, Jean , Ph.D.
Faculty - Peccoud, Jean

Associate Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute

Phone: (540) 231-0403
Email: jpeccoud@vbi.vt.edu
Fax: 540-231-2606

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  • Administrative Assistant: Jodi Lewis
    Phone: (540) 231-0714
    Email: jlewis@vbi.vt.edu

Professional Preparation

  • University Joseph Fourier (France), Molecular Biology, Ph.D., 1991
  • University of Paris (Orsay, France), Quantitative Genetics, DEA, 1987
  • Post-doctoral training Molecular Biology, University Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg, France), 1992-1993


  • 1998-1999  NATO

Research Interests

  • Computer Assisted Design of synthetic genetic systems.
  • Linguistic models of biological sequences
  • Stochastic dynamics of the yeast cell cycle
  • Quantitative imaging


Jean Peccoud is an expert in computational synthetic biology. His current scientific interests include the development of linguistic models of DNA sequences, the optimization of DNA fabrication processes, and the development of new instruments to measure the dynamics of gene networks in live cells. Dr Peccoud's group is leading the development of GenoCAD, an open source web-based application to design synthetic DNA molecules from libraries of standard genetic parts. In the 1990s, Dr Peccoud pioneered the development of stochastic models of genetic networks.

Dr Peccoud joined the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech in 2006 as Associate Professor. Prior to joining VBI, he was responsible for a research program at Du Pont focused on gene and regulatory network discovery, the design of DNA transformation vectors, and the development of methods to analyze the genetic properties of gene networks. Dr Peccoud has been a visiting professor in the department of electrical engineering at the University of Washington, a visiting scholar with Wolfram Research, and the recipient of a NATO Fellowship. He serves as Academic Editor of PLoS ONE.

Selected Publications

Cai Y, Wilson ML, Peccoud J. GenoCAD for iGEM: a grammatical approach to the design of standard-compliant constructs. Nucleic Acids Res. 2010;38:2637–2644.

Cai Y, Lux MW, Adam L, Peccoud J. Modeling structure-function relationships in synthetic DNA sequences using attribute grammars. PLoS Comput Biol. 2009;5:e1000529.

Czar MJ, Anderson JC, Bader JS, Peccoud J. Gene synthesis demystified. Trends Biotechnol. 2009;27:63–72.

Cai Y, Hartnett B, Gustafsson C, Peccoud J. A syntactic model to design and verify synthetic genetic constructs derived from standard biological parts. Bioinformatics. 2007;23:2760–2767.

Goss PJ, Peccoud J. Quantitative modeling of stochastic systems in molecular biology by using stochastic Petri nets. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1998;95:6750–6755.