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James E. Ames IV, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Computer Science; www.egr.vcu.edu/cs/faculty/cs-faculty-ames.html; Medical applications, database, networks, graphics, performance evaluations;

Gordon A. Archer, M.D.; Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology, and Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases; garcher@hsc.vcu.edu; molecular basis of resistance to antibiotics in staphylococci

Kellie J. Archer, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity; www.people.vcu.edu/~kjarcher; statistical methods for the analysis of microarray data and other high-throughput technologies

Jessica K. Bell, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Biochemistry; jbell6@vcu.edu; Protein interactions in the innate immune response

Marilyn F. Bishop, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Physics; bishop@mail2.vcu.edu; biophysics; charge reversal of DNA in polyelectrolytes; light propagation in biological materials

Danail G Bonchev, Ph. D., D. Sc.; Professor, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity and Mathematics; dgbonchev@vcu.edu; topology, complexity and dynamics of biological networks and pathways

James Paul Brooks, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Statistics and Operations Research; jpbrooks@vcu.edu; Machine learning, statistics and math programming, applications of math programming to medicine, mixed-integer programming

Bonnie L. Brown, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Biology; www.has.vcu.edu/bio/faculty/blbrown; gene mapping of aquaculture species and conservation genetics

Gregory A. Buck, Ph.D.; Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Director, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity; Professor; Microbiology and Immunology; http://www.medschool.vcu.edu/expertise/detail.html?ID=286; functional and comparative genomics of microbial pathogens

Paul Bukaveckas, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Biology; www.has.vcu.edu/bio/people/bios/bukaveckas.html; ecosystems ecology, river and estuarine ecology

Bonny L. Bukaveckas, PhD; Assistant professor of Pharmacy and Pathology and Director of the VCU Pharmacogenetics Working Group; www.pubinfo.vcu.edu/pharmacy/Faculty/FacDetail.asp?ID=1015; translational pharmacogenetics-moving genetic testing from the research to the clinical setting

John W. Cain, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics; jwcain@vcu.edu; Applications of mathematics in physiology and medicine. Relevant areas of mathematics include: ordinary, partial and delay differential equations, difference equations, perturbation methods, numerical methods, and control.

Xiangning (Sam) Chen, Ph.D.; Assistant professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics; www.vipbg.vcu.edu/; high throughput SNP genotyping, molecular haplotyping, mutation screening and detection, and genetic study of schizophrenia, nicotine dependence, anxiety and major depression.

Wan-Ling Chiu, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Biology; wchiu@mail1.vcu.edu; signal transduction, plant development, development of N 2-fixing symbioses between plants and cyanobacteria

Gail E. Christie, Ph.D.; Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, and Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics; www.vcu.edu/micro/faculty/christie.htm; comparative and functional genomics of bacterial viruses and their role in microbial evolution and pathogenesis

Cynthia Nau Cornelissen, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; www.vcu.edu/micro/faculty/cornelissen.htm; iron acquisition systems expressed by the pathogenic Neisseriae

Rodney J. Dyer, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Biology; dyerlab.bio.vcu.edu; theoretical and empirical population genetics and modeling

Jeff Elhai, Ph.D.; Associate Professor in the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity and Biology; www.people.vcu.edu/~elhaij; repeated sequences in bacterial genomes; natural programming language to engage non-programming biologists in bioinformatics; and small noncoding RNA in the regulation of cyanobacterial differentiation

Paul Fawcett, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor in the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity and Infectious Diseases; www.vcu.edu/csbc/bbsi/inst/news/symposium2/Fawcett.html; databases for integrated analysis of transcriptome and proteome data, wiki-based approaches to annotation of gene function, and development of tools for the analysis and visualization of microarray data

Stephen Fong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical and Life Science Engineering and Center for the Study of Biological Complexity; metabolic modeling and flux analysis.

Yuan Gao, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity and Computer Science; bioinformatics and high throughput sequence analysis.

Gregory C. Garman, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Environmental Studies; www.has.vcu.edu/bio/people/bios/garman.htm; river and stream ecology, fish ecology, anadromous fishes, ecology of large coastal rivers, biology of migratory fishes, effects of urbanization on system ecosystems

Walter M. Holmes, Ph.D.; Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; www.vcu.edu/micro/faculty/holmes.htm; mechanisms of RNA modification and RNA structure and function

Philip B. Hylemon, Ph.D.; Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; www.vcu.edu/micro/faculty/hylemon.htm; steroid metabolism by intestinal anaerobic gut bacteria, regulation of cholesterol and bile acid synthesis in hepatocyte monolayer cultures

Glen E. Kellogg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and the Institute for Structural Biology and Drug Discovery, www.phc.vcu.edu/gek/, Computer-aided drug discovery and computational chemistry focusing on problems of current therapeutic relevance and interest.

Kenneth S Kendler MD; Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics, and Director of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics; kendler@hsc.vcu.edu; genetic-epidemiologic and molecular genetic studies of psychiatric and drug-use disorders.

Candace M. Kent, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics; www.math.vcu.edu/faculty/kent.html; mathematical modeling of cardiac arrhythmia using difference equations

Lemont B. Kier, Ph.D.; Professor in the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity; www.phc.vcu.edu/faculty/kier.html; quantitative structure-activity analysis in drug design, applications of cellular automata and complexity modeling to metabolic modeling

Todd Kitten, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of the Philips Institute; http://www.dentistry.vcu.edu/departments/philips/Faculty/Kitten.htm; virulence factors of oral streptococci

Andrew M. Lewis, PhD; Associate Professor and Chair of Mathematics; amlewis@mail1.vcu.edu; large cardinals and determinacy, as well as infinite time Turing machines.

Janina P. Lewis, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor and the Philips Institute, School of Dentistry; www.dentistry.vcu.edu/departments/philips/Faculty/Lewis.htm; comparative and functional genomics of dental pathogens

Alenka Luzar, Ph.D.: Professor of Chemistry; http://www.has.vcu.edu/che/people/bio/luzar.html; Theory of liquids, molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations of condensed matter including biomolecular systems

Richard T. Marconi, Ph.D.; Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; www.vcu.edu/micro/faculty/marconi.htm; Immune evasion mechanisms and host pathogen interactions of pathogenic spirochetes associated with tick borne infections (Lyme disease and relapsing fever) and periodontal disease

D'Arcy P. Mays III, Ph.D.; Associate Professor and Chair of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research; www.stat.vcu.edu/facultyandstaff.htm; response surface methodology, regression analysis.

Jason R. W. Merrick, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research; http://www.people.vcu.edu/~jrmerric/; decision and risk analysis, simulation

Michael F. Miles, M.D., Ph.D.; Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Neurology; www.brainchip.vcu.edu/ or www.vcu.edu/pharmtox/fac_bio/miles.htm; molecular genetics and functional genomics approaches to the neurobiology of drug and alcohol abuse.

Dennis E. Ohman, Ph.D.; Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Immunology; www.vcu.edu/micro/faculty/ohman.htm; molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Francisella tularensis; capsule biosynthesis; regulation of virulence gene expression.

Michael A. McVoy, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology and Immunology; http://www.people.vcu.edu/~mmcvoy/cmvcafe.htm; mechanisms of anti-virals targeting herpesvirus DNA maturation; importance of cytomegalovirus immune evasion in vaccine efficacy and congenital transmission

Michael C. Neale, Ph.D.; Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics; www.vipbg.vcu.edu/neale; Statistical modeling of genetic and environmental factors in complex traits

Edwin J.C.G. van den Oord, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Psychiatry; http://www.vipbg.vcu.edu/~vipbg/dr/EVDOORD.shtml; Method development for the analysis of large scale genetic data

L. Shozo Ozaki, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; lsozaki@vcu.edu; molecular biology of parasitic systems

Michael H. Peters, PhD; Professor and Chair of Chemical and Life Science Engineering; www.egr.vcu.edu; protein dynamics, computational drug discovery and screening; computational statistical mechanics in the life sciences

Gregory M. Plunkett, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology; Systematics, evolution and biogeography of vascular plants, with a special emphasis on the relationship between the angiosperm families, Araliaceae and Apiaceae

Ramesh Ramakrishnan, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Biostatistics; vramesh@hsc.vcu.edu; longitudinal data with non-ignorable missing data and microarray data analysis

Raj Rao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical and Life Science Engineering and Center for the Study of Biological Complexity; stem cell biogenesis and engineering

Mark A. Reimers, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Biostatistics; mreimers@vcu.edu; epigenomics, DNA methylation and copy number analysis, breast and prostate cancer, pathway analysis, network models.

Jason P. Rife, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry; www.phc.vcu.edu/Faculty/Rife.html; structure, function, and biogenesis of ribosomes in prokaryotes and eukaryotes

Maria Rivera, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity and Biology; molecular phylogenty and evolution

Adriana Rosato, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases; aerosato@hsc.vcu.edu; expression analysis and genomics studies in gram positive bacteria resistant to antibiotics (S. aureus and S. pneumoniae)

Roberto Rosato, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Medicine; rrrosato@hsc.vcu.edu; mechanisms of drug-induced apoptosis in human leukemia cells

Sarah C. Rutan, Ph.D.; Professor of Chemistry; www.people.vcu.edu/~srutan/; analytical chemistry, drug metabolism, and chemometrics

J. Neel Scarsdale, Ph.D., Biochemistry; jscarsda@hsc.vcu.edu; X-ray crystallographic determination of macromolecular structure; development and application of new; algorithms for incorporating hydropathic interaction data from high resolution macromolecular structures; algorithms for correlating protein structure and function

Hassan Sedaghat, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Mathematic and Applied Mathematics; www.people.vcu.edu/~hsedagha/; nonlinear difference equations and discrete dynamical Systems

Jennifer Stewart, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Biology; www.people.vcu.edu/~jstewart/; neurotransmitters and neuroimmune interactions

Clint Turbeville, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Biology; www.has.vcu.edu/bio/people/bios/turbeville.html; molecular and morphological systematics of animals

Kevin R. Ward, MD; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Physiology: www.vcures.org; computational modeling and bioinformatics of critical illness and injury such as traumatic and septic shock, ischemia/reperfusion, and acute wound/burn healing.

Richard B. Westkaemper, Ph.D.; Professor of Medicinal Chemistry; www.phc.vcu.edu; Neurotransmitter receptor structure and modeling

Brad Windle, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry; www.people.vcu.edu/~bwindle/; computational biology and the study of gene/protein functions and pathway analysis, drug-pathway interactions, and bioinformatic drug design.

H. Tonie Wright, Ph.D.; Professor of Biochemistry; www.vcu.edu/biochem/faculty/wright.shtm; crystal structure determination of proteins, nucleic acids, their complexes and mechanisms

Tarynn M. Witten, PhD, MSW, FGSA; Associate Professor of Biological Complexity; www.people.vcu.edu/~tmwitten; complexity and dynamical systems theory, mathematical and high performance computational models of complex biological and biomedical systems, critical illness and injury.

Ping Xu, Ph.D.; Associate Professor in the Philips Institute; www.dentistry.vcu.edu/departments/philips/Faculty/Xu.htm; Vaccine and drug targets in microbial pathogens using comparative genomics

Donald R. Young, Ph.D.; Professor of Biology; www.has.vcu.edu/bio/people/bios/young.html; Plant physiological ecology, barrier island ecology, dynamics of coastal plant communities

Zhongming Zhao, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity; bioinfo.vipbg.vcu.edu; genetic variations in mammalian genomes, bioinformatics in psychiatric genetics.