Jonathan M. Carlson, PhD

Jonathan M. Carlson is a researcher in the eScience group at Microsoft Research. He received his B.A. in 2003 from Dartmouth, where he was awarded the top senior thesis prizes in both biology and computer science. In 2009, he received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Washington, where he was funded as a Microsoft Research Graduate Fellow, received the university’s distinguished dissertation award and was a finalist for the US Council of Graduate School’s dissertation award. Dr. Carlson’s research uses machine learning and statistical modeling to study viral evolution, immunology and vaccine design. His models have led to the discovery of novel viral-host interactions and insights into mechanisms of natural immune control and viral escape, and were recently honored as a laureate in the IDG Computerworld Honors Program. He has published over 50 papers with over 20 principle investigators and served on the Institute of Medicine’s committee on vaccine prioritization, as a panelist for committees at the Gates Foundation and CHAVI, and as a delegate and plenary panelist at the 2011 Lindau Nobel Laureates meeting.