Vineet Bafna, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, UCSD

Vineet Bafna, Ph.D., joined the Computer Science faculty at the University of California, San Diego in 2003, after seven years in the biosciences industry. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from The Pennsylvania State University in 1994 and was an NSF postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science for two years. From 1996-99, Bafna was a senior investigator at SmithKline Beecham, conducting research on DNA signaling, target discovery and EST assembly. From 1999 to 2002, he worked at Celera Genomics, ultimately as director of Informatics Research, participating in the human genome project. He arrived at the Jacobs School from the Center for Advancement in Genomics, set up by Celera founder Craig Venter.

Vineet Bafna’s research incorporates algorithmic methods into the analysis of molecular biology data including complex structural variation in genomes, genetic signals of adaptation, and  proteogenomics. He has co-authored 150 research articles in the leading journals in the field. He served as co-Director of the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Ph.D. program from 2013-19, and was founding faculty of the Halicioglou Data Science Institute at UCSD. In 2019, he was selected as a fellow of the International Society of Computational Biology.