Mentors

All students will be required to identify a co-mentor among faculty that traverse across the areas in this training program (computer science/informatics; mathematics/statistics; biomedical science). In order to solidify this co-mentoring relationship, trainees will be required to spend a minimum of 4 weeks formally working in the lab of each of the two mentors at the beginning of their appointment to the program. The co-mentors will both serve on the trainee’s PhD committee. Below is a list of faculty that are potential mentors for this training program.

Name/Degree(s)
Rank Primary (& Secondary) Appointment(s) Role in Program Research Interest
Barnes, Laura, PhD Assistant Professor Systems and Information Engineering Mentor Medical informatics and the design of tailored health information technology
Bauer, Todd, MD Associate Professor Surgery Mentor Pancreatic cancer translational research; preclinical model development, targeted therapy, and cell signaling
Bekiranov, Stefan, PhD Associate Professor Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Mentor TF-chromatin dynamics, systems-level analysis of the response of cancer cells to drug treatments, and application of machine learning approaches to epigenetic ChIP-Seq data
Blemker, Silvia, PhD Associate Professor Biomedical Engineering Mentor Computer simulations of skeletal muscle; using imaging techniques to study muscle structure and function in vivo
Boker, Steven, PhD Professor Psychology Mentor Development of statistical methods and models for analysis of facial expressions, measurement of lifespan development, and other computational psychology topics
Bourne, Phillip, PhD Professor Biomedical Data Science, Director of the Data Science Institute Mentor Leading initiatives to encourage and facilitate the use of “big data” in large-scale research across the scientific and technological disciplines
Brown, Donald, PhD

Professor, Director

Systems and Information, Engineering Data Science Institute Co-PI, Executive Committee Steering Committee Statistical learning, data fusion, predictive modeling, and simulationoptimization
Civelek, Mete, PhD Assistant Professor Biomedical Engineering Mentor genetic mechanisms that lead to increased susceptibility to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases
Criss, Alison, PhD Associate Professor Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology Mentor, Steering Committee Microbial pathogenesis; mechanisms used by Neisseria bacteria to avoid clearance by the immune system
Druzgal, Jason, MD, PhD Associate Professor Radiology Mentor Functional neuroimaging of human cognition, with past emphasis on working memory and decision-making in normal human subjects .
Du, Chao, PhD Assistant Professor Statistics Mentor Stochastic modeling and statistical inference of nonlinear dynamical system, with applications in cell biology. Non-stationary time series modeling and inference, with applications in EMG data analysis.
Dutta, Anindya, PhD Professor, Chair Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics (Pathology) Mentor Mammalian cell DNA replication and de-regulation that leads to genomic instability; response of a cell to DNA damage; non-coding RNAs in cell differentiation and cancer
Epstein, Frederick, PhD Professor, Chair Biomedical Engineering (Radiology) Mentor Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques for assessing the structure, function, perfusion, and molecular/cellular properties of the cardiovascular system
Farber, Charles, PhD Assistant Professor Public Health Sciences Mentor Using systems genetics to identify genes, gene networks and biological processes that affect bone development
Garrett-Bakelman, Francine, MD, PhD Assistant Professor Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Mentor Acute Myeloid Leukemia: molecular and cellular biology events which mediate aberrant epigenetic and transcriptional mechanisms during disease establishment and progression
Gerling, Greg, PhD Associate Professor Systems and Information Engineering Mentor Haptics, computational neuroscience, human-machine interaction, and human factors/ergonomics
Gu, Quanquan, PhD Assistant Professor Computer Science, Systems and Information Engineering Mentor Machine learning, high-dimensional statistical interference, data mining, optimization
Guertin, Michael, PhD Assistant Professor Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Mentor Transcription, Chromatin, Cancer, Molecular Biology, Genomics, and Computational Biology
Guler, Jennifer, PhD Assistant Professor Biology (Infectious Diseases and International Health) Mentor Mechanisms of resistance initiation and metabolic adaptation in the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.
Harrison, James, MD, PhD Associate Professor, Director Public Health Sciences (Pathology), Biomedical Informatics Mentor, Steering Committee Clinical informatics, electronic patient phenotyping, and predictive modeling based on clinical data
Hewlett, Erik, MD Professor Medicine/Infectious Diseases and International Health Mentor Structure and Function of Bacterial Toxins, Roles in Microbial Pathogenesis and Uses in Biomedical Research
Holmes, Jeffrey W., MD, PhD Professor Biomedical Engineering (Medicine) Mentor Healing after myocardial infarction; mechanical regulation of cardiac hypertrophy; and computational models of heart mechanics, growth, and remodeling
Humphrey, Marty, PhD Associate Professor Computer Science Mentor Cloud computing; development of the Big Data carbon informatics platform that is the foundation for AmeriFlux, FLUXNET, and the International Soil Carbon Network (ISCN)
Janes, Kevin, PhD Associate Professor Biomedical Engineering Mentor, Steering Committee Large-scale integrative modeling of mammalian signal transduction and gene regulation; experimental and computational techniques for quantitatively monitoring signaling networks
Kafadar, Karen, PhD Professor, Chair Statistics Mentor, Executive Committee Development of statistical methodology and tools for exploratory data analysis for problems in the physical, biological, chemical, and medical sciences, specifically applications involving large data sets
Kasson, Peter, MD, PhD Associate Professor Molecular Physics and Biological Physics Mentor Large-scale computation and biophysical methods to investigate mechanistic problems in infectious disease; combining high-performance computing, distributed computing, and cloud computing for complex, largescale analysis problems
Kendall, Melissa, PhD Assistant Professor Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology Mentor Pathogenesis and chemical signaling in enteric pathogens
Lazzara, Matt, PhD Associate Professor Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Mentor Using experimental and computational methods to study fundamental aspects of cell signaling regulation and applied aspects of cell signaling including the efficacy of therapeutics that target particular signaling pathways in cancer
Loughran, Thomas, MD Professor, Director Medicine/Hematology and Oncology, University of Virginia Cancer Center Co-PI, Executive Committee, Steering Committee Translational research in LGL leukeumia, implementation of network theory and modeling to complex biologic systems
Meyer, Craig, PhD Professor Biomedical Engineering and Radiology Mentor MRI physics, signal processing, and image reconstruction techniques
Miller, Clint L., PhD Assistant Professor Public Health Sciences Mentor Genetic variation, Complex diseases, Coronary artery disease, Genomics, Epigenomics, Regulatory mechanisms, Vascular biology, Pharmacology and Physiology
Owens, Gary, PhD Professor, Director Molecular Physics and Biological Physics (Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Division), Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center Mentor Genetic, epigenetic, and molecular mechanisms that control differentiation and phenotypic transitions of vascular smooth muscle cells
Papin, Jason, PhD Professor Biomedical Engineering Contact-PI; Executive Committee, Steering Committee Systems biology, computational methods for integrating highthroughput data into quantitative formalisms that are used to make predictions regarding cellular networks subject to a variety of genetic and environmental perturbations
Patek, Stephen, PhD Associate Professor Systems and Information Engineering Mentor Signal and Image Processing, Wireless Health, Human Factors, Biomedical Data Sciences, Optimization Models and Methods, Systems Integration, Autonomy and Controls/Control Systems
Peirce-Cottler, Shayn, PhD Professor Biomedical Engineering Mentor Computational modeling and experimental analysis of complex, dynamic biological systems; multi-cell behaviors involved in tissue patterning and organization during growth and remodeling
Petri, William A., MD, PhD Professor, Chief Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (Pathology, Epidemiology), Medicine/ Infectious Diseases and International Health Mentor Infectious diseases and inflammation; biomarker studies of infants in Bangladesh to predict child development/ vaccine/ nutrition outcomes
Price, Rich, MD, PhD Professor Biomedical Engineering, Radiology, and Radiation Oncology Mentor Ultrasound targeted delivery of nanoparticle drug and gene carriers, regulation of microvascular structure by hemodynamic forces and bone marrow-derived cells
Qi, Yanjun, PhD Assistant Professor Computer Science Mentor Machine learning and computational biology; developing and applying machine-learning techniques on important challenges in biomedicine
Ratan, Aakrosh, PhD Assistant Professor Public Health Sciences Mentor Public health genomics; genome variation and genetic diversity and the consequences on health and survival
Rich, Stephen, PhD Professor, Director Public Health Sciences, (Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine), Center for Public Health Genomics Mentor Genetic epidemiology and statistical genetic analysis of complex human phenotypes; genetic basis of type 1 diabetes and its complications, and cardio-metabolic phenotypes
Rohde, Gustavo, PhD Associate Professor Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering Mentor Computational predictive models for applications in pathology, radiology, systems biology, as well as mobile and remote sensing
Saucerman, Jeffrey, PhD Associate Professor Biomedical Engineering Mentor Cardiac systems biology, developing computational and imaging approaches scalable to large and poorly characterized networks regulating heart failure
Sheffield, Nathan, PhD Assistant Professor Center for Public Health Genomics, (Public Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics) Mentor Computational regulatory genomics; Developing algorithms and software and applying these to large-scale biomedical data in studies of pediatric cancer, chromatin regulation, single-cell heterogeneity, and epigenetics.
Skadron, Kevin, PhD Professor, Chair Computer Science Co-PI, Executive Committee, Steering Committee Design and applications of hardware accelerators, with a special focus on applications in bioinformatics and systems biology
Teachman, Bethany, PhD Professor Psychology Mentor Program for Anxiety, Cognition and Treatment (PACT) Lab
Wang, Hongning, PhD Assistant Professor Computer Science Mentor Data mining and machine learning methods in big data and computational user modeling
Wu, Martin, PhD Associate Professor Biology Mentor Microbial genomics, metagenomics and large-scale sequence data analysis
Zhang, Tingting, PhD Associate Professor Statistics Mentor Development of new statistical models and algorithms for analyzing highdimensional human brain data in order to better understand functional organization of the brain
Zunder, Eli, PhD Assistant Professor Biomedical Engineering Mentor Biotechnology and Biomolecular Engineering (Biomolecular Design, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering), Computational Systems Biology