We understand the importance of communicating science to the public in a timely fashion. In our media and press kit, journalists and other media personnel will find the information they need to tell their stories of discovery.


Quick Facts

  • Our primary funders are government agencies like the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation.
  • Our institute has employees on the Virginia Tech Blacksburg campus and at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, VA.
  • The institute houses some of Virginia Tech’s most advanced equipment and technology for studying genomics and high-performance computing. We have over 500 servers and multiple clusters, totaling more than 4000 cores and 22TB of RAM. Our combined disk storage systems provide nearly 5PB of storage. 


At the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, we strive to overcome today’s challenges in human health, security, and sustainability by focusing on information biology, using high-performance computers to translate complex biological data into actionable knowledge.

We Do This By

  • Adapting to the ever-changing research environment by investing in the best people and resources.
  • Creating transdisciplinary teams of experts that span the globe.


Originally founded as the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute in 2000, the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech has grown from its roots in plant pathology to a vibrant research institute spanning a multitude of disciplines including network dynamics, high-performance computing, and genomics research.

We have secured millions of dollars each year in grants and contracts, garnering some of the largest grants in Virginia Tech history. Our work has been used to sequence the genomes of many organisms and we have been called upon to aid in public health crises and strategic planning around the globe.

For more background on the Biocomplexity Institute, visit our history page.

Strategic Initiatives

  • Developing cutting-edge tools and databases to advance understanding of immunology, high-performance computing architecture, bacterial genomes, and much more
  • Providing the research community with full-service, state-of-the-art core facilities
  • Teaching students and faculty about the latest techniques and innovations in computational biology, network dynamics, and genomics research
  • Imbuing the next generation of scientists with a love of learning and inspiration to pursue careers in information biology

List of Experts

Our researchers can provide expert insight into a wide range of scientific topics. Members of the press may request an interview by calling (540) 231-2100 or emailing our communications team.

Cal Ribbens, PhD
Title: Executive Director and Professor
Expertise: network dynamics, simulation science, information biology, big data

Josep Bassaganya-Riera, PhD, DVM
Title: Director and Research Professor, Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Modeling Laboratory
Expertise: immunoinformatics, computational immunology, modeling immune responses, gut health

Stanley Hefta, PhD
Title: Director and Research Professor, Genomics Research Laboratory
Expertise: genome sequencing

Kevin Shinpaugh, PhD
Title: Director, Information Technology and Computing Services
Expertise: high-performance computing, information architecture, rocketry, aerospace engineering

David Higdon, PhD
Title: Research Professor, Social Decision and Analytics Laboratory
Expertise: big data, team science, smart cities, data confidentiality

Carla Finkielstein, PhD
Title: Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Expertise: circadian rhythms, tumor genesis, breast cancer, cell signaling

Kristy Collins, PhD
Title: Director, Education and Outreach
Expertise: STEM education, diversity in STEM

Daniel Capelluto, PhD
Title: Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Expertise: protein signaling

Silke Hauf, PhD
Title: Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Expertise: cell cycle progression, fluorescence microscopy, chromosome segregation

Shihoko Kojima, PhD
Title: Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Expertise: circadian RNA metabolism, neurogenomics, cycling system biology

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