The Visualization program at the University of Miami is an interdisciplinary effort whose mission is to develop and improve the core technologies for comprehensive computational modeling, simulation, analysis, and visualization of natural and synthetic phenomena, including research activity in computational mathematics, engineering, and geographical information systems. The group is also involved in developing integrated approaches to computational modeling, mathematical analysis, and interrogative visualization, especially for dynamic engineering, biomedical, epidemiological, and geophysical applications.


Program Director

Alberto Cairo

Alberto Cairo




Nicholas Tsinoremas, Center Director, Center for Computational Science, University of Miami

Phone: 305.243.4962
Office: Room 600N, Gables One Tower

Dr. Nicholas Tsinoremas holds faculty appointments at the Miller School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami. He is the Founding Director for the University of Miami Center for Computational Science.

Nicholas Tsinoremas, Center for Computational ScienceDr. Tsinoremas is an international leader in computational genomics and bioinformatics, and brings over 25 years of academic and industrial experience to the University of Miami.  He received his B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Athens, Greece, and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Leeds, UK. Before joining the University of Miami, he served as Senior Director of Informatics at The Scripps Research Institute-Florida. There, he recruited and managed the Informatics and IT groups for the newly formed Scripps Florida.

As Director of Computational Genomics and Genomic Discovery at Rosetta/Merck where he directed the project that combined informatics and computational approaches with gene expression profiling and genetics to discover, prioritize, and define drug target genes. Prior to working for Merck/Rosetta, Tsinoremas was the Vice-President of Genomics at DoubleTwist Inc., where he determined the scientific direction of DoubleTwist’s bioinformatics applications and databases.

Raymond R. Balise, PhD, University of Miami Center for Computational Science Member

Phone: +305.243.9694
Office: Clinical Research Building, Room R-669

Xi Steven Chen


Phone: 305.243-3081
Office: Clinical Research Building, CRB R-669

Dr. Chen received his Doctoral degree in Statistics from the North Carolina State University. His research is focused on statistical genomics for cancer research, especially developing and applying innovative statistical and bioinformatics methodology to facilitate translational genomic research from bench to clinic. Dr. Chen is the Principle Investigator of a NCI R01 grant “Integrative prediction models for metastasis risk in colon cancer” which collects data on mRNA expression, somatic mutations, and clinical information to develop clinical-genomic risk prediction models and subtypes for colon cancer patients. Dr. Chen is also a major contributor for identifying six triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) subtypes and corresponding gene signatures. He is the developer of the web-based software “TNBCtype”, which has been widely used by breast cancer research community.

Robert K. Cowen, Center for Computational Science member

Phone: 541.867.0211
Office: Hatfield Marine Science Center

Sara Czaja, Center for Computational Science

Phone: 305.355.9081
Office: Mental Health Hospital Center 3208J

Joseph Johnson, PhD



Phone: 305.284.1379
Office: Kosar Epstein 508, School of Business Administration

Dr. Joseph Johnson is Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Miami’s School of Business Administration. He teaches Marketing Analytics, New Product Development, Strategic Brand Management, and a PhD Seminar entitled “Quantitative Methods for Marketing Strategy”. His research focuses on the use of data and analytics as a decision aid for managers. He has developed and collaborated on a host of analytical models. His research on financial markets has been featured in Financial Times of India, MSNBC, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. He appeared on the Nightly Business Report to discuss how consumer decision making leads to financial bubbles. Dr. Johnson has over a decade of global industry experience through his work at Hindustan Petroleum, Tata Steel, and SSB, Oman, where he developed pricing and promotion response models for Toyota’s auto line up. In the US, he has worked on projects with Affinova, Miami-Dade County Asian-American Advisory Board, Dell, Eli-Lilly, eMpulse, Hope Foundation, Holy Rosary Church, Ocean Reef Club, Proton Data Security, SAS, UM Health20th Century Fox Studios, and CheapOAir.

Research Interests
•Marketing and Big Data Analytics
•Marketing-Finance Interface
•Text Analytics
•Health Care Analytics
•New Product Development

Benjamin Kirtman, Center for Computational Science



Phone: 305.421.4046
Office: Room 305, Marine Science Center

Dr. Ben Kirtman is the program director for the Climate & Environmental Hazards program at the Center for Computational Science.  He is also a Professor in the Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). Prior to joining the University of Miami, Dr. Kirtman was a Professor at George Mason University.

In June of 2016, he was appointed Director of CIMAS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s (NOAA) Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies.

Dr. Kirtman received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego in Applied Mathematics. He holds Masters and PhD degrees in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the University of Maryland–College Park. Dr. Kirtman is very active in scientific leadership both internationally and nationally. Currently, he is a Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report (AR) Five.

An Executive Editor of Climate Dynamics (one the most prestigious, peer-reviewed journals in the field), Dr, Kirtman is also an Associate Editor of the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Journal for Geophysical Research –Atmospheres. He is the author and/or co-author of over 100 peer reviewed papers focused on understanding and predicting climate variability on time scales from intra-seasonal to decadal. Recently, Dr. Kirtman has also published on understanding how climate variability might change in a warmer climate.

Dr. Kirtman has advised and continues to work with several Ph. D. students.  His research is wide-ranging program to understand and quantify the limits of climate predictability from days to decades. The research also involves understanding how the climate will change in response to changes in anthropogenic (e.g., greenhouse gases) and natural (e.g., volcanoes) forcing. This research involves hypothesis testing numerical experiments using sophisticated very high resolution state-of-the-art climate models and experimental real-time prediction.

Dr. Kirtman is also currently the lead principle investigator the multi-agency (NOAA, NSF, NASA, DOE) North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) Sub-Seasonal to Interannual Prediction Project.

Benjamin Kirtman, Center for Computational Science


Phone: 305.284.8861
Office: 1300 Campo Sano Avenue, Room 140-D

Juraj Kojs, University of Miami Center for Computational Science Member



Phone: 305.284.6584
Office: Frost School of Music, PLF S-313 (5503 San Amaro Drive)

Naresh Kumar Biostatistics,. Center for Computational Science member


Phone: 305.243.4854
Office: Sieron Building, Room 308C

Vance Lemmon, Center for Computational Science, University of Miami



Phone: 305.284.5566
Office: Lois Pope Life Center, Room 416

Vance Lemmon is the program director for CCS’ Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Program.  He holds the Walter G. Ross Distinguished Chair in Developmental Neuroscience at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and is a Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami. He also is an associate member of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics.

Dr. Lemmon joined The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in 2003.  He collaborates with Prof. John Bixby and uses High Content Analysis to screen drug, compound and cDNA libraries for perturbagens that can enhance nerve regeneration after injury to the central nervous system.   Recent publications describing this work have appeared in Science magazine (2009, 2011) and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS (2102).  The LemBix group uses the CCS HPC resources to analyze next generation sequencing data and run support vector machine algorithms on data from kinase inhibitor experiments.  The later project is done in collaboration with Stephan Schürer of CCS.



Stephan Schurer, Center for Computational Science pictured with Vance Lemmon

The work of Stephan Schürer, Ph.D., and Vance Lemmon, Ph.D., powered by a federal stimulus grant, is now enabling scientists to access and analyze complex biological datasets in just minutes.


Dr. Lemmon is currently involved in informatics projects to describe high throughput screening data; the BioAssay Ontology Project, the LINCS Information FramEwork, and the RegenBase Project.  These NIH supported projects facilitate interrogation of massive and diverse data sets emerging from NIH and academic screening centers.

Previously he was a Professor of Neuroscience at Case Western Reserve University for 15 years and the University of Pittsburgh for 5 years.  During that time his work focused on neural cell adhesion molecules and brain development.   He received his Ph.D. in Anatomy from Emory University in 1978 and was a post-doc at Washington University in St. Louis.  In his spare time he rides a bicycle.


Louis Herns Marcelin, University of Miami Center for Computational Science Member


Phone: 305.284.2110 | 305.184.8493
Office: Department of Anthropology, Room 103G Merrick

John W. McManus, Center for Computational Science

Phone: 305.421.4814
Office: Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Ramin Moghaddas, University of Miami Center for Computational Science Member


Phone: 305.284.9505
Office: McArthur Engineering Building, Room 279

Ju Hong Park, University of Miami Center for Computational Science Member


Phone: 305.284.5087
Office: 1223 Dickinson Drive

Claire Paris-Limouzy, Center for Computational Science member


Phone: 305.421.4219
Office: 24 Operations Building

Kamal Premaratne University of Miami School of Computational Science Allocation Committee Member

Phone: 305.284.4051
Office: 415 McArthur Building

Burton Rosenberg, CCS Member, University of Miami Center for Computational Science


Phone: 305.284.2141
Office: Ungar Building, Room 523

Shouraseni Sen Roy, PhD University of Miami Center for Computational Science member


Phone: 305.284.4820
Office: 1320 Campo Sano, Room 115-K

Dilip Sakar, Center for Computational Science member


Phone: 305.284.2256
Office: Ungar Building, Room 437

Danuta Szczesna-Cordary, Center for Computational Science member


Phone: 305.243.2908
Office: Room 6113, Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building

Stefan Wuchty, Center for Computational Science member


Phone: 305.284.4189
Office: Room 403, Ungar Building



MASTHEAD IMAGE SOURCE: “The potential of the new visualization lab at University Miami is shown in this high-performance Electron Density application. The Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at University of Illinois at Chicago visualized a 3D molecular chemistry model and simulation data developed by the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) at Argonne National Laboratory. The resulting image is displayed in the CAVE2™ Hybrid Reality Environment, developed by EVL and now a commercial product of Mechdyne Corp. CAVE2 is a trademark of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. For more information, see:

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