Colleen Jonsson named Professor of Microbiology and the new Director of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
Colleen Jonsson, an expert in infectious disease dynamics and molecular virology, has been named Professor of Microbiology and the new Director of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) to begin January 2015. Jonsson has previously been active at NIMBioS, as both an Advisory Board member and co-organizer of the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop on Modeling Wildlife and Virus Zoonoses. She comes to UT from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, where she has directed the Center for Predictive Medicine for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases since 2008. Jonsson, whose research spans 30 years, works in the areas of the ecology of hantaviruses in rodents and other viral zoonoses in wildlife populations. Jonsson has led other interdisciplinary research initiatives, including the New Mexico Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network and the Emerging Infectious Diseases Program at the Southern Research Institute, a non-profit organization based in Birmingham, Alabama.