Michael P. Cummings

Professor of Biology
Director, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Director, Master of Professional Studies Program in Data Science and Analytics

Michael P. Cummings

My research is a combination of bioinformatics, computational biology, molecular evolution, phylogenetics, computer science (particularly parallel computing). I am incredibly fortunate to work with intelligent and interesting students and colleagues, and to (modestly) contribute to society through my research and instructional activities.


  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational Biology
  • Molecular Evolutionary Genetics
  • Parallel Computing


  • PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, 1992

    Harvard University


Molecular Evolution

Basic foundations through advanced concepts in molecular evolution, including patterns and processes of DNA sequence variation, transposable element dynamics, gene duplication and loss, and genome organization. Relevant concepts from genetics, biochemistry, and phylogenetics also will be covered.

Bioinformatics and Genomics

Special Topics in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics