Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing

Mandy Wilson

  • Research Scientist
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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
Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing
Adiga A; Chu S; Eubank S; Kuhlman CJ; Lewis B; Marathe A; Marathe M; Nordberg EK; Swarup S; Vullikanti A; Wilson ML . British Medical Journal Open. 2018; 8(1):e017353
Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing
Thorve S; Wilson ML; Lewis BL; Swarup S; Vullikanti AKS; Marathe M . BMC Bioinformatics. 2018; 19:449
Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing
Brownstein J; Chu S; Marathe A; Marathe M; Nguyen A; Paolotti D; Perra N; Perrotta D; Santillana M; Swarup S; Tizzoni M; Vespignani A; Vullikanti A; Wilson M; Zhang Q . JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. 2017; 3(4):e83
Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing
Deodhar S; Chen J; Wilson AL; Bisset KR; Lewis BL; Barrett CL; Marathe MV . BCB '15: Proceedings of the 6th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Health Informatics. 2015; :156-165
In the News
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.