Director of the Arizona State University Biodesign Center for Biocomputation, Security and Society


Stephanie Forrest works at Arizona State University, where she directs the Biodesign Center for Biocomputation, Security and Society, and she is a Professor in the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Sciences Engineering CIDSE). Prior to joining ASU, she was Regents Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and served as Dept. Chair 2006-2007. Professor Forrest was educated at St. John's College (B.A.), and The University of Michigan (M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science). She is currently a member of the External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute, and served as Co-chair of its Science Board (2010-2013) and as Interim Vice President (1999-2000). She spent 2013-2014 as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Dept. of State and is currently a board member of the Computing Research Association.

Forrest's research studies the biology of computation and the computation of biology, including work on computational immunology, computer security, automated software repair, evolutionary computation, and biological modeling. Some of her awards include: the SFI Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lectures (2013), the UNM Annual Research Lecture (2012), the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award (2011), and the Presidential Young Investigator Award (1991). She is a Fellow of the IEEE.