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Monday, 21 April 2014

FACULTY

Work at VBI spans many disciplines but has at its foundation the sciences of biology, computer science and information technologies. Faculty at VBI use a wide variety of methods and tools that range from simulation and modeling of biological networks, statistical genetics and large-scale comparative genomics to computational systems biology, microfluidic mass spectrometry and different cyberinfrastructure-based resources. These tools and methods are being used to investigate plant and animal pathogens, make advances in infectious disease research and to better understand a wide range of biological, information, social and technological systems.


Ana Aizcorbe
Research Professor

Phone:(571) 858-3121
Email: ana1@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory | Publications

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Christopher Barrett
Executive Director
Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Director, VBI-National Capital Region
Professor, Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech

Phone:(540) 231-1745
Email: cbarrett@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Advanced Computing and Informatics Laboratories | National Capital Region Administration | Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory | Senior Management | Publications | NDSSL Research Group

Research Focus:
Network dynamics and simulation science

Josep Bassaganya-Riera
Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Professor, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences
Director, Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology

Phone:(540) 231-7421
Email: jbassaga@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory | Publications | Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory Web Portal | Center for Modeling Immunity to Enteric Pathogens

Research Focus:
Modeling immune responses, nutritional immunology, gastrointestinal health, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity

Keith Bisset
Simulation and Systems Software Development Scientist

Phone:(540) 231-3849
Email: kbisset@vt.edu

Personal Page | Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory | Publications | Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Lab

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Daniel Capelluto
VBI Biology Fellow

Phone:540-231-0974

Personal Page | VBI Biology Fellows | Publications

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Daniela Cimini
VBI Biology Fellow

Phone:540-231-3922

Personal Page | VBI Biology Fellows | Publications

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Lauren Coble
Chief Operating Officer

Phone:(540) 231-1395
Email: laurenc@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Administration | Senior Management | Publications

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Kristy Collins
K-12 Stem Education Programs and Outreach Specialist

Phone:(540) 231-1389
Email: kdivitto@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Education and Outreach Group | Publications | Kids' Tech University homepage | Kids' Tech University blog

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Dennis Dean
Director of Life Science
Director, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute

Phone:540-231-5895
Email: deandr@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | BioSystems | Senior Management | Publications

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Allan Dickerman
Research Assistant Professor

Phone:(540) 231-1397
Email: dickerman@vt.edu

Personal Page | Dickerman Research Group | Publications

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Phylogenomics research, comparative and functional genomics

Stephen Eubank
Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Deputy Director, Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory
Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics
Affiliation, Population Health Services, Vet Med

Phone:(540) 231-2504
Email: seubank@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory | Publications | NDSSL Research Group

Research Focus:
Network dynamics and simulation science

Carla Finkielstein
VBI Biology Fellow

Phone:540-231-1159

Personal Page | VBI Biology Fellows | Publications

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Joseph Gabbard
Research Assistant Professor

Phone:(540) 231-3559
Email: jgabbard@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Cyberinfrastructure Division | Publications

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Harold Garner
Director, Medical Informatics and Systems Division
Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Professor, Department of Biological Science, Virginia Tech
Professor, Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech
Professor, Department of Basic Science, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Phone:(540) 231-8920
Email: garner@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Garner Research Group | Medical Informatics and Systems | Publications | Laboratory Web Site

Research Focus:
Applied computational biology; the intertwining of genetics, genomics and proteomics research with bioinformatics, especially as it applies to the discovery of human disease biomarkers and drug targets, especially in the area of cancer research.

Sandeep Gupta
Research Scientist

Phone:(540) 231-0947
Email: sandeep@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory | Publications

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Silke Hauf
VBI Biology Fellow

Phone:540-231-7318
Email: silke@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | VBI Biology Fellows | Publications | Hauf Lab Website

Research Focus:
Robustness and reliability in cell cycle progression

Stanley Hefta
Director, Strategic Planning and Business Development

Phone:(540) 231-6585
Email: shefta@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Genomics Research Laboratory | Strategic Business Development and Planning Group | Publications

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Ina Hoeschele
Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Professor, Department of Statistics, Virginia Tech
Adjunct Professor, Department of Cancer Biology, Biostatistics Core
Member, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
Adjunct Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Phone:(540) 231-3135
Email: inah@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Hoeschele Research Group | Publications | SysGenSIM

Research Focus:
Statistical Genetics, Genetical Systems Biology

Raquel Hontecillas-Magarzo
Assistant Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute

Phone:(540) 231-7276
Email: rmagarzo@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory | Publications | Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory Web Portal | Center for Modeling Immunity to Enteric Pathogens

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Stefan Hoops
Senior Project Manager

Phone:(540) 231-1799
Email: shoops@vt.edu

Personal Page | Biochemical Networks Modeling Group | Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory | Publications | COPASI | Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory Web Portal

Research Focus:
Modeling and simulation of biochemical networks and systems biology research

Shiv Kale
VBI Independence Fellow
Faculty, ICTAS Center for Systems Biology of Engineered Tissues

Phone:(540) 231-3784
Email: sdkale@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Kale Research Group | Publications | ICTAS Center for Systems Biology of Engineered Tissues

Research Focus:
Eukaryotic pathogens of both plant and animals utilize a diverse array of tools to facilitate pathogenesis and disease. Many of these microbes devastate economically important crops, and several cause mortality and disease in humans. Dr. Kale's research group centers on three fungal pathogens of humans: Aspergillus fumigatus, Coccidioides immitis, and Cryptococcus neoformans. The group focuses on the translocation and function of small-secreted proteins that are involved in pathogenesis. Through the characterization of these small-secreted proteins the Kale Group is currently developing novel therapeutics against fungal pathogens.

Enusha Karunasena
Research Scientist

Phone:(540) 231-3575
Email: enusha@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Garner Research Group | Publications

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Sallie Keller
Professor and Director, Social Decision and Analytics Laboratory (SDAL)

Phone:(571) 858-3102
Email: sallie41@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory | Publications | Sallie Keller's Bio and CV | SDAL Website

Research Focus:
My research is focused on engaging in the big data revolution by unraveling the mystery of uncertainty and applying this to evidence based decisions. This requires building interdisciplinary coalitions with technologists, scientists, engineers, and subject matter experts. The research from these teams integrates situational structure, procedural knowledge, and massive amounts of data through computational synthesis. The information synthesis has the power to harmonize computational and statistical data sciences, yielding basic theory and methods central to the capacity development of Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. Within this interdisciplinary domain I bring deep expertise in uncertainty quantification, computational and graphical statistics and related software and modeling techniques, and data access and confidentiality.

Ronald Kenyon
Director, Project Management

Phone:(540) 231-7470
Email: rkenyon@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Cyberinfrastructure Division | Publications

Research Focus:
Management of Bioinformatics resource development projects

Christopher Kuhlman
Scientist

Phone:(540) 231-3997
Email: ckuhlman@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory | Publications

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Bruce Lawlor
Enterprise Director, National Security Decision Informatics

Phone:(571) 858-3120
Email: bruce.lawlor@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Homeland Security | Publications

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Christopher Lawrence
Associate Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech

Phone:(540) 231-1907
Email: lawrence@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Lawrence Research Group | Publications | Inflammation research. | Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. | Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Faculty Page

Research Focus:
Fungal-associated Respiratory Diseases of Humans

Kristian Lum
Statistician

Phone:(540) 231-3138
Email: klum@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory | Publications

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Chunhong Mao
Senior Project Associate

Phone:(540) 231-7758
Email: cmao@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Cyberinfrastructure Division | Publications

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Achla Marathe
Lead Economist, Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

Phone:(540) 231-9210
Email: amarathe@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory | Publications | NDSSL Research Group

Research Focus:
Network dynamics and simulation science

Madhav Marathe
Director, Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory
Professor, Computer Science
Courtesy Appointment, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Phone:(540) 231-8832
Email: mmarathe@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory | Publications | NDSSL Research Group

Research Focus:
Network Science, Theoretical Computer Science, High Performance Computing, Socially Coupled Systems, Graphical Dynamical Systems

Yongguo Mei
Research Software Engineer

Phone:(540) 231-1705
Email: ymei@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory | Publications

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Pawel Michalak
Associate Professor

Phone:(540) 231-3489
Email: pawel@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Michalak Research Group | Publications

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Comparative genomics and evolution

David Mittelman
Associate Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech

Phone:(540) 231-6430
Email: mittelma@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Genetics and Genomic Medicine Lab | Publications | Mittelman Lab at VT

Research Focus:
The molecular basis for common trait variation and disease; and the development of gene disruption and gene correction technologies.

Henning Mortveit
Associate Professor, Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics

Phone:(540) 231-5327
Email: hmortvei@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory | Publications | NDSSL Research Group

Research Focus:
Network dynamics and simulation science

Biswarup Mukhopadhyay
Adjunct Associate Professor
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Phone:(540) 231-8015
Email: biswarup@vt.edu

Personal Page | Publications | NSF-REU Site: Microbiology in the Post Genome Era

Research Focus:
Methanogenic archaea, coalbed methane and mycobacteria

Jean Peccoud
Associate Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute

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

Personal Page | Synthetic Biology Research Group | Publications | Laboratory web site

Research Focus:
Artificial gene networks and synthetic biology

Robert Settlage
Director, Data Analysis Core

Phone:(540) 231-2777
Email: rsettlage@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Data Analysis Core | Genomics Research Laboratory | Publications

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Joao Setubal
Adjunct Faculty

Phone:
Email: setubal@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Publications | website | JCS's main home page

Research Focus:
Bacterial genomics and bioinformatics

Kevin Shinpaugh
Director, Information Technology and Computing Services

Phone:(540) 231-1246
Email: kashin@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Administration | Computational Core | Publications

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Stephanie Shipp
Research Professor and Deputy Director, SDAL

Phone:(571) 858-3110
Email: steph19@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory | Publications | Stephanie Shipp's Resume | SDAL Website

Research Focus:
The ability to capture massive amounts of data can be dangerous without careful evaluation of their assets and liabilities. My research focus is in three areas (1) identifying research topics and building teams to develop statistical computing methods on topics that would benefit from the use of big data; (2) seeking out collaborations with universities and consortiums who are focused on the use of big data for creating smarter and more livable cities; and (3) identifying and working on statistical and policy approaches for ensuring the confidentiality of data.

Bruno Sobral
Adjunct Faculty
Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Phone:(540) 231-2317
Email: sobral@vt.edu

Personal Page | Cyberinfrastructure Division | Publications

Research Focus:
Cyberinfrastructure, host-pathogen-environment interactions, alpha-proteobacteria and prokaryotic life inside eukaryotic cells

Daniel Sullivan
Senior Database Architect

Phone:(540) 231-3530
Email: dsulliva@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Cyberinfrastructure Division | Publications | PATRIC Bioinformatics Center

Research Focus:
Cyberinfrastructure, computational biology, metagenomics, text mining

Samarth Swarup
Applied Computer Scientist

Phone:(540) 231-1248
Email: swarup@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory | Publications | Personal and Research website

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Brett Tyler
Adjunct Faculty

Phone:
Email: btyler@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Publications | Oomycete Molecular Genetics Research Collaboration Network | Plant-Associated Microbe Gene Ontology

Research Focus:
Genomic and bioinformatic analysis of Phytophthora-host interactions

Anil Vullikanti
Associate Professor, Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science

Phone:(540) 231-3968
Email: akumar@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory | Publications | NDSSL Research Group

Research Focus:
Network dynamics and simulation science

Rebecca Wattam
Senior Bioscientist and Computational Biologist

Phone:(540) 231-1263
Email: wattam@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Cyberinfrastructure Division | Publications

Research Focus:
PATRIC project and comparative genomics of bacteria

Rebecca Will
Cyberinfrastructure Division Software Development Lead

Phone:(540) 231-8395
Email: rwill1@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Cyberinfrastructure Division | Publications | PATRIC BRC | BRCs Portal

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Hehuang Xie
Associate Professor

Phone:(540) 231-9224
Email: davidxie@vbi.vt.edu

Personal Page | Epigenomics and Computational Biology Lab | Publications

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