The Program in Interdisciplinary Biological and Biomedical Sciences at UNM is a cross-departmental, college and institutional collaboration of students and faculty interested in interdisciplinary biological research

PiBBs Advisory Council

The PiBBs Advisory Council includes faculty representation from the major participating departments. The council provides valuable guidance in setting program policies and procedures, selects trainees from nominated students and helps evaluate program effectiveness.

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Felisa A. Smith, Director

Professor of Biology

Dr. Smith's research spans the interface between the physical and geosciences and evolutionary biology. Her current work includes a focus on the influence of temperature on mammals across a variety of temporal and spatial scales, adaptions to extreme environments and climate change.


Homepage   Email: fasmith@unm.edu

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Eric S. Loker, Co-Director

Distinguished Professor; Director, NIH COBRE Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology

Dr. Loker focuses on shistosomiasis as a model for investigating the mechanisms of interaction between hosts and parasites, and how immunological defenses have evolved across animal phyla to counter pressure from parasites. Loker is also the Director of the CETI program.


Homepage  Email: esloker@unm.edu

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Melanie Moses, Co-Director

Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Moses uses theoretical and experimental approaches to understand how information signals in biological and computational networks lead to robust, adaptive and efficient systems.


Homepage   Email: melaniem@cs.unm.edu

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James H. Brown, Director Emeritus

Distinguished Professor of Biology

Dr. Brown has worked on a wide variety of biological problems over his research career. His current work includes theoretical studies of allometric scaling and on the metabolic basis of ecology.


Homepage   Email: jhbrown@unm.edu

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Vasudev N. Kenkre

Distinguished Professor of Physics, Director of the Consortium of the Americas for Interdisciplinary Science

Dr. Kenkre is interested in the connections of physics to biology, chemistry, and engineering, especially the mathematical modeling of epidemics, cell surface phenomena, and animal movement.

Homepage Email: kenkre@unm.edu

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Jeffrey Long

Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Long is interested in molecular population genetics and evolution, especially the development and application of statistical genetics.


Homepage   Email: jlo@unm.edu

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Vince D. Calhoun

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Image Analysis and MR Research Director at The MIND Institute

Dr. Calhoun is interested in the development of techniques for making sense of complex brain imaging data, specifically algorithms to map dynamic networks of brain function, structure, and genetics.


Homepage   Email: vcalhoun@unm.edu

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Helen Wearing

Assistant Professor of Biology & Mathematics

Dr. Wearing uses mathematical models to understand the biological processes that shape population and dynamics, with a particular interest in the ecology and evolution of infectious disease.


Homepage   Email: hwearing@unm.edu