Dr. Vivien Bonazzi is a Program Director in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Bonazzi is also part of the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), a trans-NIH Common Fund Initiative whose aims are to characterise the microbial communities found at several different sites on the human body and to analyse the role of these microbes in human health and disease. Prior to joining NHGRI, she was a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton managing several genome and protein bioinformatics projects that were part of the caBIG (Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid) project.
She has also held the positions of R&D Director for Bioinformatics at Invitrogen and Director of Gene Discovery at Celera Genomics where she was part of the team that sequenced and annotated the human, mouse and drosophila genomes. Dr. Bonazzi received a BSc in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Canberra, Australia, a MSc (prelim) in Pharmacology from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a PhD in Molecular Pharmacology and Computational Biology also from the University of Melbourne.