MMBioS Welcomes Two New External Advisory Board Members

It is with great pleasure that MMBioS and Dr. Ivet Bahar announce two new additions to the External Advisory Board.

Dr. Linda Petzold joins us from the University of California at Santa Barbara where she is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Computer Science (Chair 2003-2007), and the Director of the Computational Science and Engineering Graduate Emphasis at the University of California Santa Barbara.  She is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of ACM, ASME, SIAM and AAAS.  

Dr. Petzold was named the UCSB Faculty Research Lecturer for 2011, was awarded the SIAM/ACM Prize for Computational Science and Engineering in 2013, received an Honorary Doctorate from Uppsala University in 2015, was awarded the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service in 2016, and was awarded the IEEE Sydney Fernbach Prize in 2018.  Dr. Petzold’s current research focuses on modeling, simulation and data analytics of multiscale systems in biology and medicine.


Stacey D. Finley, Ph.D., joins us from the University of Southern California where she is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She is the holder of the Gordon S. Marshall Early Career Chair and the Director of the Center for Computational Modeling of Cancer. Dr. Finley additionally has a joint appointment in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the Department of Biological Sciences (Quantitative and Computational Biology section). She is also a member of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Finley received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Florida A & M University. Her graduate studies were completed in 2009 in Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University and involved using computational tools to predict and estimate the feasibility of novel biodegradation pathways. Her postdoctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University focused on computational modeling of VEGF signaling pathways. She was awarded postdoctoral fellowships from the NIH National Research Service Award and the UNCF/Merck Science Initiative. Dr. Finley’s current research applies a systems biology approach to develop molecular-detailed computational models of biological processes related to human disease.

We look forward to working with the both of you! Please join us in welcoming Drs. Finley and Petzold to the MMBioS community!

We would also like to thank Drs. Harel Weinstein and Mark Ellisman for their service and valuable contributions to MMBioS during your tenure as External Advisory Board members.

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