Program in Computational Microbiology and Immunology


Throughout history, purely empirical approaches have proven to be successful in finding cures and prevention mechanisms against a number of diseases. Yet, for many of the pathogens and diseases of today, a trial-and-error approach may not be sufficient, and more “rational” strategies may be required. There are two major requirements for such strategies to work: (i) a deep understanding of the biological processes underlying the interactions between host organisms and disease agents, and (ii) efficient and accurate ways to manipulate these processes. To assist with both these tasks, computation, through its innate ability to analyze data of incredible sizes and dimensions and to uncover patterns within these data not fathomable to the human eye, has been playing an increasingly important role in many areas of biology and medicine.

A major goal of the Program in Computational Microbiology and Immunology is to support research, educational, and strategic efforts that aim to employ the power of computation toward the development and application of innovative approaches for treatment and prevention of disease and for enhancement of human health.


Leadership

Ivelin Georgiev, Ph.D.

Ivelin Georgiev, Ph.D.

Director - Program in Computational Microbiology and Immunology

Associate Director - Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Janet Markle, Ph.D.

Janet Markle, Ph.D.

Associate Director - Program in Computational Microbiology and Immunology

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

Cinque Soto, Ph.D.

Cinque Soto, Ph.D.

Associate Director - Program in Computational Microbiology and Immunology

Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics Vaccine Center

Strategic Planning Committee

Eric P. Skaar, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Eric P. Skaar, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Director - Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation

Director - Division of Molecular Pathogenesis

Ernest W. Goodpasture Chair in Pathology

Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

James E. Crowe, Jr., M.D.

James E. Crowe, Jr., M.D.

Director - Vanderbilt Vaccine Center

Professor of Pediatrics

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Ann Scott Carell Chair

Jeffrey C. Rathmell, Ph.D.

Jeffrey C. Rathmell, Ph.D.

Director - Vanderbilt Center for Immunobiology

Associate Director - Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation

Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Immunobiology

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

Professor of Cancer Biology

David Aronoff, M.D.

David Aronoff, M.D.

Director - Division of Infectious Diseases

Addison B. Scoville Jr. Chair in Medicine

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Professor of Medicine