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Phone: 301.405.9903
Fax: 301.314.1341
Office: 3240 Brendan Iribe Center
Michael Cummings
Director, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, UMIACS
Director, Data Science and Analytics Master of Professional Studies Program
Director, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Master of Professional Studies Program


  • BSCI 471: Molecular Evolution
  • BISI 620: Bioinformatics and Genomics
  • BIOL 671: Molecular Evolution
  • DATA 698: Research Methods and Study Design
  • DATA 699: Capstone Research Project

Graduate Program Affiliations

  • BISI - Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, & Genomics (CBBG)
  • BISI - Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, & Systematics (BEES)
  • Data Science and Analytics (DATA)
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BIOI)

Research Interests

Our research is in the areas of bioinformatics, computational biology and molecular evolutionary genetics, and includes examination of patterns and processes of sequence evolution to understand molecular evolutionary mechanisms that bring about biological change. The basis for much of the research is comparative and includes several levels of biological organization. In addition to answering specific biological questions, a substantial portion of the research has focused on experimental design and data analysis methods, and software development. 


Ph.D., Harvard University, 1992. Molecular evolution, bioinformatics, computational biology.

All Publications

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Latest Publications via PubMed

Hsueh HT,Chou RT,Rai U,Kolodziejski P,Liyanage W,Pejavar J,Mozzer A,Davison C,Appell MB,Kim YC,Leo KT,Kwon H,Sista M,Anders NM,Hemingway A,Rompicharla SVK,Pitha I,Zack DJ,Hanes J,Cummings MP,Ensign LM
J Control Release. 2023 Oct;362:371-380. doi: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2023.08.058. Epub 2023 Sep 4
Hsueh HT,Chou RT,Rai U,Liyanage W,Kim YC,Appell MB,Pejavar J,Leo KT,Davison C,Kolodziejski P,Mozzer A,Kwon H,Sista M,Anders NM,Hemingway A,Rompicharla SVK,Edwards M,Pitha I,Hanes J,Cummings MP,Ensign LM
Nat Commun. 2023 May 2;14(1):2509. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-38056-w. Epub 2023 May 2
Goodheart JA,Collins AG,Cummings MP,Egger B,Rawlinson KA
R Soc Open Sci. 2023 Mar;10(3):220939. doi: 10.1098/rsos.220939. Epub 2023 Mar 29
Commichaux S,Shah N,Ghurye J,Stoppel A,Goodheart JA,Luque GG,Cummings MP,Pop M
Bioinformatics. 2021 Sep 29;37(18):2848-2857. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btab216. Epub
Ayres DL,Cummings MP,Baele G,Darling AE,Lewis PO,Swofford DL,Huelsenbeck JP,Lemey P,Rambaut A,Suchard MA
Syst Biol. 2019 Nov 1;68(6):1052-1061. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syz020. Epub
Goodheart JA,Bleidißel S,Schillo D,Strong EE,Ayres DL,Preisfeld A,Collins AG,Cummings MP,Wägele H
Front Zool. 2018;15:43. doi: 10.1186/s12983-018-0289-2. Epub 2018 Nov 13
Goodheart JA,Bazinet AL,Valdés Á,Collins AG,Cummings MP
BMC Evol Biol. 2017 Oct 26;17(1):221. doi: 10.1186/s12862-017-1066-0. Epub 2017 Oct 26
Agrawal S,Moser KA,Morton L,Cummings MP,Parihar A,Dwivedi A,Shetty AC,Drabek EF,Jacob CG,Henrich PP,Parobek CM,Jongsakul K,Huy R,Spring MD,Lanteri CA,Chaorattanakawee S,Lon C,Fukuda MM,Saunders DL,Fidock DA,Lin JT,Juliano JJ,Plowe CV,Silva JC,Takala-Harrison S
J Infect Dis. 2017 Aug 15;216(4):468-476. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jix334. Epub