NYU Center for Data Science Welcomes New Director Richard Bonneau

September 1, 2017

New York, NY — Today we welcome Richard Bonneau as the new director of the NYU Center for Data Science (CDS). He follows Claudio Silva, who served as director from 2016–17.

Dr. Richard Bonneau. ©NYU Photo Bureau: Kahn

Dr. Bonneau has been a Professor of Biology and Computer Science at NYU since 2005, and an affiliated faculty member of CDS since its establishment in 2013.

His research uses data science to solve problems in two areas of computational biology: learning biological networks, and predicting and modeling protein structures. He was one of the initial authors of Rosetta, a platform that is now one of the world’s most powerful computational tools for predicting and designing protein structures, and for helping thousands of other biochemists design new life-changing proteins.

His work also involves using genomics data to learn biological networks for systems biology research.

He has played core leadership roles across several NYU departments, not only as the head of the Bonneau Lab at the NYU Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, but also as leader of the Social Media and Participation Lab (SMaPP), and as a steering committee member of CDS’s Moore-Sloan Data Science Environment, a $37.8 million cross-institutional grant that harnesses the potential of data scientists and big data for scientific discoveries.

Prior to NYU, he was a senior scientist at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry working with Dr. David Baker from the University of Washington, and his B.A. in Biochemistry from Florida State University.

Outside of NYU, he is the Group Leader for Systems Biology at the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute, which is devoted to the advancement of scientific research through computational methods and data analysis.

We are delighted to have him with us, and we look forward to an exciting year ahead.

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About the NYU Center for Data Science
The Center for Data Science (CDS) is the focal point for NYU’s university-wide initiative in data science and statistics. Established in 2013 by Yann LeCun (who is now the director of artificial intelligence research at Facebook), CDS is a leading data science training and research facility that collaborates with other schools within NYU, and offers both an MS in Data Science and Ph.D. in Data Science. More information can be found at cds.nyu.edu and @NYUDataScience.

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