• Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder
  • M.S., B.S. University of Texas, Arlington

Areas of Expertise

  • Bioinformatics
  • Data Analytics
  • Mathematical Modeling


I came to Davidson in 2000 after a postdoctoral position in the Center for Computational and Experimental Genomics at the University of Southern California. I received my B.S. and M.S. from the University of Texas at Arlington, and was an operations research analyst before doctoral work at the University of Colorado at Boulder. As director of the genomics program and coordinator of the data science minor, I regularly supervise student projects at the intersection of mathematics, biology, and computer science, and at the intersection of data science and society.

I am a co-author of the first true undergraduate genomics textbook, Discovering Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics, and an innovative introductory biology textbook Integrating Concepts in Biology. I was the inaugural Faculty in Residence at the Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a past Chair of the Southeastern Section of the MAA. I am honored to have received the Hunter Hamilton Love of Teaching Award, the Thomas Jefferson Award, and the Matthews Family Travel Award. 

Davidson News

College Crisis Initiative Students and Chris Marsicano Meet Masked at Hub

The College Crisis Initiative, a Davidson College pandemic research project led by Prof. Chris Marsicano and students, makes international headlines.

Aerial of Davidson College campus showing lots of campus buildings and trees

In the aftermath of Davidson College’s abrupt shift to online-only instruction last spring, a professor and team of student researchers embarked on a project that now is informing the rapidly changing plans colleges and universities are making for a fall semester unlike any other.