Stefan Hoops is a senior project associate at Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1993. Before joining Biocomplexity Institute in 2000, Hoops served as a software designer/developer for Schumann Consulting Corporation in Germany from 1995-2000. He was elected in 2006 as one of the 5 editors of the Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML), serving for the years 2007-2009.
At Biocomplexity Institute, Hoops works with Dr. Pedro Mendes in the Biochemical Networks Modeling Group. The research group is interested in understanding how cells work at the biochemical level. Their approach can be labeled as Systems Biology, as they derive quantitative dynamic models from integrative functional genomic data. They have ongoing projects in development of methodologies and software for the complete process of going from functional genomic data to computational models: biochemical simulators (Gepasi and COPASI), database design (DOME and B-Net), data analysis, network inference, parameter estimation for nonlinear models, and theoretical aspects of biochemical regulation (such as Metabolic Control Analysis).