Mandy Wilson

  • Research Scientist
Mandy Wilson Headshot


Mandy Wilson is a research scientist at the Biocomplexity Institute at the University of Virginia; prior to that, she was an employee of the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech from 2008 - 2018. Wilson has had a broad range of work experiences, including custom software development for the federal government and the private sector. She received her undergraduate and master's degrees at Virginia Tech. Wilson’s primary interests are database architectures and data mining, but she is also an expert in graphical user interface design, web development, and design and development of other custom software. She worked as a computational synthetic biologist at the Biocomplexity Institute, developing software to support genomic design and sequencing verification. Wilson was also one of the original editors of the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) standard, which is a markup language for exchanging genomic data; more on this can be reviewed at

  • Synthetic biology, modeling behavior on social media, epidemiology, database architecture, and data mining

  • Virginia Tech, English, M.A., 1994
    Virginia Tech, Computer Science, B.S., 1992
    Virginia Tech, English, B.A., 1991

Selected Publications
In the News
Epidemic Response

Researchers from UVA’s Biocomplexity Institute and School of Engineering and Applied Science, working with a team of multi-disciplinary scientists from around the world, have spent the last two years developing highly advanced computational models designed to inform policy makers, save lives and prepare for future global epidemics.


Rather than a shut-down, what if we knew which places to close during a pandemic to curtail the spread of a virus and lessen the economic impact to a locality? A model showing how this can be done, created by researchers at the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute and Stanford and Northwestern universities, has won a Best Paper Award in the Applied Research track at the recently concluded ACM KDD conference.

Women In STEM

Mandy Wilson joined Virginia's First Lady, Pamela Northam, student STEM Advocate, Jordan Wright and other women in science to discuss women in STEM and give advice as to the field.