The J. Craig Venter Institute has selected Richard Scheuermann, to serve as its director of informatics effective May 1.
Scheuermann will be based in the institute's San Diego, Calif., facility and will be responsible for leading the informatics programs at its Rockville, Md., and San Diego campuses.
Prior to joining JCVI, Scheuermann was a professor in the pathology department of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. He also held a number of academic administrative positions while at UT Southwestern, including director of its biomedical informatics division; co-director of its division of translational pathology; and director of the university's Tissue Procurement Resource.
While at UT Southwestern, his research interests included the development of computational methods for gene expression microarrays, biological networks, ontology, flow cytometry, and comparative genomics analysis for immunology and infectious disease. He also developed relational databases, web interfaces and data analysis algorithms to better understand signal transduction at the whole cellular level, while on sabbatical at the University of California, San Diego, and San Diego Supercomputer Center.
Prior to his career at UT Southwestern, Scheuermann was a research member at the Basel Institute for Immunology in Basel, Switzerland. In 2012, he was appointed as a research professor in the department of statistical science at Southern Methodist University.
Scheuermann obtained his BS degree in life sciences in 1981 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his PhD in molecular biology in 1986 from the University of California, Berkeley.