John Tyson is a distinguished professor of biological sciences in Virginia Tech's College of Science. An expert in computational cell biology, he was awarded the Arthur T. Winfree Prize by the Society for Mathematical Biology in 2011. He was also made an associate member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Belgium in 2009.
Dr. Tyson's current research focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying the control of cell growth, division, and death. His studies approach biological systems from a rigorous mathematical perspective, building realistic models that provide a deeper understanding of physiology. He has also worked extensively on oscillations and wave propagation in chemical reaction systems.
Tyson joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1977. He earned a Ph.D. in chemical physics at the University of Chicago. He completed postdoctoral work in theoretical biology at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry and a postdoctoral in biochemistry and cell biology at the University of Innsbruck Medical School.