Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences (primary), Genetics Institute, Biomedical Informatics, and Center for Structural Biology
Office: U5221 BSB/MRB III
VU Station B, Box 35-1634
Nashville, TN 37235
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Tony Capra is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. He is also a member of the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute and Center for Structural Biology and has secondary appointments in Biomedical Informatics and Computer Science. His group uses the tools of computer science and statistics to address problems in genetics, evolution, and biomedicine. He received a PhD in computer science from Princeton University under the supervision of Mona Singh. During his time at Princeton, he designed computational methods for analyzing protein sequence, structure, and evolution, with a focus on how proteins bind ligands and accomplish diverse functions. After getting his PhD, he was a postdoc in the group of Katherine Pollard at the Gladstone Institutes and the University of California, San Francisco. As a postdoc, he developed comparative genomics algorithms that integrated genome-scale data to develop testable hypotheses about the function of non-coding regulatory elements and to study recent human evolution.