The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Jean Peccoud, a professor with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, for his work in systems and synthetic biology.
Synthetic biology is a cutting-edge field at the intersection of biology and engineering, bringing together scientists and concepts from a variety of disciplines.
Peccoud’s group combines computational and experimental methods to develop quantitative models of gene expression and regulatory networks.
He particularly focuses on the optimization of expression vectors. He is also interested in developing methods to increase the security of biomanufacturing infrastructures. In the 1990s, Peccoud pioneered the development of stochastic models of genetic networks.
Prior to joining the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Peccoud was involved in a research program at Du Pont focused on gene and regulatory network discovery, the design of DNA transformation vectors, and the development of methods to analyze the genetic properties of gene networks.
He has been a visiting professor in the department of electrical engineering at the University of Washington, a visiting scholar with Wolfram Research, and the recipient of a NATO Fellowship.
Since 2009, he has been an academic editor of PLoS ONE and he co-edits the PLoS ONE Synthetic Biology Collection. He is also a member of the editorial board of Trends in Biotechnology.
Peccoud is the chief executive officer of GenoFAB LLC, a company providing software tools to design expression vectors and other genetic constructs.
The open-source software, known as GenoCAD, was developed by researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute to help synthetic biologists capture biological rules to engineer organisms that produce useful products or health-care solutions from inexpensive, renewable materials.
GenoCAD helps researchers in the design of protein expression vectors, artificial gene networks, and other genetic constructs, essentially combining engineering approaches with biology.
Peccoud received his doctoral degree in molecular biology from University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France.