Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Gregory A. Buck, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at VCU. He obtained his BS in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his MS and Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Washington-Seattle studying the toxinogenic bacteriophages of Corynebacterium diphtheria. He did postdoctoral research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris studying the genetics of antigenic variation in African Trypanosoms, and subsequently joined the faculty in the department of Microbiology and Immunology at VCU. He founded and directs VCU’s Nucleic Acids Research Facilities which maintains VCU’s Next Generation Sequencing infrastructure, and Center for High Performance Computing which provides research computing capacity to VCU’s investigators. He founded the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity in 2000 under the umbrella of VCU Life Sciences. His recent work has focused on high throughput genomics and metagenomics, and his laboratory has recently been funded by NSF’s Assembling the Tree of Life program, and NIH’s Human Microbiome Projects. His lab is one of only three in the US that have been funded by both phases of the NIH Human Microbiome Project.