James Faeder, Principal Investigator, and MMBioS Director

Jim Faeder, leader of the Network Modeling component of MMBioS, is an Associate Professor and the Vice-Chair for Educational Programs/Initiatives in the Department of Computational and Systems Biology (DCSB) in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is also co-director of the Joint Carnegie Mellon — University of Pittsburgh Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology (CPCB) and holds a secondary appointment in the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). He has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications that cumulatively have over 7,300 citations (Google Scholar, h-index=45).

His research focuses on computational modeling of cell regulatory networks, combining development of novel methodologies with applications to specific systems of biological and biomedical relevance, including the immune system and cancer. As a member of the Cell Signaling Team at Los Alamos National Laboratory he was a co-author of an early rule-based modeling tool called BioNetGen and his group currently leads development of BioNetGen and numerous related tools. He collaborates actively with experimental scientists both within the University of Pittsburgh as well as nationally and internationally. His work has been published in many high-profile journals including Science Signaling, Nature Methods, PLOS Computational Biology, and Bioinformatics. Dr. Faeder was a founding organizer of the q-bio Conference on Cellular Information Processing and is currently an Associate Editor of PLOS Computational Biology.

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