Nathan Sheffield, PhD

Assistant Professor


B.S. Bioinformatics, Brigham Young University
Ph.D. Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Duke University
Postdoc Computational Epigenetics, CeMM, Vienna, and Stanford University


I grew up in California, but have lived in many places in the US and abroad. I appreciate cultural diversity and spent much of my adult life living in Europe. As an undergraduate, I studied Bioinformatics and did research in phylogenetic systematics and population genetics with Michael Whiting and Keith Crandall. I completed my PhD at Duke in 2013, working on pattern recognition in gene regulation in primates and among human cell-types with Terry Furey (now at UNC), Greg Crawford, and Boris Lenhard (CSC and Imperial). After my PhD, I was an HFSP Postdoctoral Fellow in Christoph Bock’s Lab at the Center for Molecular Medicine, Vienna, with the return phase of my fellowship in Howard Chang’s Lab at Stanford. I’ve been lucky to work with lots of other great collaborators over the years as well. In free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, teaching my children, reading good books, writing, taking photos, and having fun.

I also have a passion for scientific writing, and am the author of this Scientific Writing web resource.

John Lawson

I am a graduate student in the biomedical engineering Ph.D. program. I received a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Liberty University where I studied the epigenetics and gene regulation of Alzheimer’s disease. My current interests include neuroepigenetics, nutrigenomics, and developing novel computational methods. I enjoy running in Charlottesville and reading when I have time.

Vince Reuter

I’m a software developer with bioinformatics experience and particular interest in computational biology applications. As a member of the Sheffield lab in the CPHG and the Kipnis lab in the Neuroscience department, I’m focused on the relationship between the epigenome and neuroimmunological disorders. I came from Seattle to Charlottesville to join the University of Virginia, and prior to that I lived in Denver & New York. My undergraduate degree is in Mathematics-Statistics, and I enjoy learning about new computational approaches to biological research questions. Additionally, I like basketball, mountain scrambles, learning programming tools & languages, and discovering the quirks of a new place.

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