Ph.D. The Flinders University of South Australia, 1979

"Leading initiatives to encourage and facilitate the use of “big data” in large-scale research across the scientific and technological disciplines."

Philip E. Bourne, Stephenson Chair of Data Science and Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Philip E. Bourne is the Stephenson Chair of Data Science, Director of the Data Science Institute, and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

From 2014-2017, Phil was the Associate Director for Data Science at the National Institutes of Health. In this role he led the Big Data to Knowledge Program, coordinating access to and analyzing biomedical research from across the globe and making it available to scientists and researchers. While there, he was also responsible for governance and strategic planning activities for data and knowledge management, and established multiple trainings in data science. He has done exceptional work to make biomedical research accessible, as well as to advance the field of data science.

Prior to his time at the NIH, Phil spent 20 years on the faculty at the University of California-San Diego, eventually becoming Associate Vice Chancellor of Innovation and Industrial Alliances. He is a highly respected and oft-cited scholar who brings a wealth of experience to UVA.


  • Fellow of the AAAS (Pharmaceutical Sciences) 2011
  • Fellow of the ISCB 2011
  • Microsoft's Jim Gray e-Science award 2010
  • Benjamin Franklin Award 2009

Research Interests

  • Biomedical Data Sciences
  • Biomedical Data Sciences

Selected Publications

  • Structural Bioinformatics (2 ed.). Wiley-Blackwell. 2009-03-16. ISBN9780470181058. Philip E. Bourne
  • Structural Bioinformatics (1 ed.). Wiley-Liss. 2003-02-21. ISBN9780471201991. Philip E. Bourne
  • Pharmacy Informatics (1 ed.). CRC Press. 2009-12-01. ISBN9781420071757. Philip E. Bourne
  • Unix for Vms Users. Prentice Hall. ISBN9780139474330. (1991-07-01). Bourne, Philip E.
  • A Cookbook for Serving the Internet for UNIX. Prentice Hall. ISBN9780135199923. (1997-01-01). Bourne, Philip E.
  • Mac OS 8 Web Server Cookbook (1st ed.). Prentice Hall PTR. ISBN9780135200162. (1998-08-12). Hart, David L.; Bourne, Philip E.
  • Underground Guide Unix. Prentice Hall. ISBN9780131844582. (2000-01-01). Bourne, Philip E.
  • "The Protein Data Bank". Nucleic Acids Research. 28 (1): 235–242. ISSN0305-1048. PMC102472 . PMID10592235. doi:10.1093/nar/28.1.235. (2000-01-01). Berman, H. M.; Westbrook, J.; Feng, Z.; Gilliland, G.; Bhat, T. N.; Weissig, H.; Shindyalov, I. N.; Bourne, P. E.