Advisory Committee

Dr. Marvin WhiteleyDirector

Dr. Marvin Whiteley, Professor, Molecular Biosciences

Dr. Whiteley is a professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences. His research focuses on developing therapeutics to treat polymicrobial infections and has received significant international attention, including recent interviews on National Public Radio (NPR), British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).  He has received numerous national and international awards and is currently a Burroughs Welcome Infectious  Disease investigator and a Kavli Institute Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.


Dr. Howard Ochman, Associate DirectorAssociate Director

Dr. Howard Ochman, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology

Dr. Howard Ochman is a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and his research group focuses on applying experimental, comparative, and computational approaches to investigate the factors contributing to the evolution of bacterial genomes and microbial communities. Dr. Ochman’s work has been highlighted by PNAS, PLOS Biology,  and many international peer-reviewed journals.  He has received several awards including being named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Advisory Board

An advisory board has been established to provide input and guidance in all center endeavors.  This board is composed of four highly accomplished UT Austin faculty members representing the three core colleges; the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Pharmacy, and the Cockrell School of Engineering.  They are Dr. Shelley Payne (Natural Sciences), Dr. Andrew Ellington (Natural Sciences), Dr. Walter Fast (Pharmacy), and Dr. George Georgiou (Engineering).