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

  • The Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech has achieved $68M in funding in 2015. Our primary funders are government agencies like the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation.
  • Our institute has over 250 employees on the Virginia Tech Blacksburg campus and in the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, VA.
  • We are the largest of seven institutes at Virginia Tech meant to advance discovery across campus and around the world.
  • 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.
  • Seizing opportunities to push our science forward by inventing cutting-edge tools and sharing them.


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.

Christopher Barrett, 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

Stephen Eubank, PhD
Title: Deputy Director and Profesor, Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory
Expertise: network dynamics, simulation science

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

Sallie Keller, PhD
Title: Director and Professor, Social Decision and Analytics Laboratory
Expertise: big data analytics, statistical analysis, computational modeling, data access and confidentiality 

Madhav Marathe, PhD
Title: Director and Professor, Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory
Expertise: network science, theoretical computer science, high-performance computing, socially coupled systems, graphical dynamical systems

Christian Reidys, PhD
Title: Director and Professor, Mathematical Biocomplexity
Expertise: discrete mathematics, computational biology, evolution and prediction of RNA

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

Stephanie Shipp, PhD
Title: Deputy Director and Research Professor, Social Decision and Analytics Laboratory
Expertise: big data, team science, smart cities, data confidentiality

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