Director of Immunomedicine
Coleen McNamara, MD
Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics
Beirne B. Carter Professor of Immunology
Director, Carter Immunology Center
Dr. McNamara is Professor of Medicine in the Cardiovascular Division, Beirne B. Carter Professor of Immunology and Director of the Carter Immunology Center at the University of Virginia. She is an experienced investigator in the area of immune mechanisms of cardiometabolic diseases. She is highly collaborative and has served as Project PI in a longstanding (> 20 years) Program Project Grant (PPG) and as project PI in two Leducq Transatlantic Network of Excellence grants. She is passionate about interdisciplinary collaborative translational research and is one of three MPIs leading this innovative P2PE in Precision ImmunoMedicine.
Director of Imaging
Angela Taylor, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division
Cardiovascular Research Center
Dr. Taylor is Professor of Medicine in the Cardiovascular Division at the University of Virginia. She is an interventional cardiologist and translational researcher. Her area of interest is immune mechanisms of cardiovascular disease. She has expertise in invasive and noninvasive cardiovascular imaging. She is a part of several highly collaborative projects including a longstanding Program Project Grant where she serves as PI of the Human Core, two Leducq Transatlantic Network of Excellence grants, a P2PE in Precision Immunomedicine where she is one of three PIs, and several R01 where she serves as Co-I
Director of Informatics
Stefan Bekiarnov, PhD
Associate Professor of Biochemistry of Molecular Genetics
Dr. Bekiranov received his BSEE at UCLA and worked as a microwave engineer at Raytheon Electromagnetic Systems Division in Santa Barbara. He received his PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics from UCSB and worked as a post-doctoral research associate in statistical/condensed matter physics at the University of Maryland followed by performing post-doctoral research in computational biology at The Rockefeller University. He pioneered the analysis of high-resolution genomic tiling array data, including ChIP-chip, RNA-chip, Repli-chip as a Bioinformatics Staff Scientist at Affymetrix.
He is an Associate Professor at the UVA School of Medicine developing classical and quantum machine learning methods and systems biology approaches for biomedical applications including prediction of cardiovascular disease using immune cell signature and imaging data.