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Shawn Gomez

Mary Ellen Jones 10202C
UNC Chapel Hill
(919) 966-4959

Research Areas:
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Pharmacoengineering
  • 1999 PhD Eng.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, New York
  • 1993 M.S. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 1990 B.S. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder


Dr. Shawn Gomez is a Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University and in the Department of Pharmacology at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the Director of FastTraCS, a component of the NC TraCS Institute funded through the NIH CTSA Program and focused on the rapid identification and translation of unmet clinical needs in UNC Health. He is also part of the Comparative Medicine Institute at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Doctorate of Engineering Sciences in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University in New York City. Subsequent training in the fields of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology was as a postdoctoral fellow at the Judith P. Sulzberger Columbia Genome Center and then at Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, where he was a Florence Gould Scholar and Pasteur Foundation Fellow. Dr. Gomez’s research focuses on bioinformatics and computational systems biology, with particular emphasis on understanding the architecture and dynamics of cell signaling in human disease.

Research Interests

Computational biology
Systems biology
Image analysis
Mathematical modeling


Leadership Advanced Program, UNC-Chapel Hill 2017
Chancellor’s Entrepreneurship Boot Camp 2015
ACCLAIM Scholar (Academic Career Leadership Academy in Medicine) - UNC School of Medicine/UNC Hospitals 2013-2014
UNC Research Council Award 2011
Carl Storm URM Fellowship 2008
UNC Junior Faculty Development Award 2006
Florence Gould Scholar of the Pasteur Foundation Fellowship Program 2005
Pasteur Foundation Fellow 2002-2005

Courses Taught

BMME 420: Introduction to Synthetic Biology

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