Paul Anderson, Ph.D.
Director and PI
Computer Science and Software Engineering Department 

My research lab is about empowering and engaging students and collaborators with the potential of computational approaches to solve biological questions.

I am professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), where I lead the Data Science Research Group. Before joining Cal Poly, I pioneered data science programs at College of Charleston. My team focuses on applying AI to bioinformatics and genomics, exploring machine learning and explainable algorithms. We collaborate on projects spanning genomics, chronic pain, cancer informatics, and more. I also co-direct the Bioinformatics Research Group and the Bioinformatics and Applied Data Science Core at Cal Poly.

Our Philoshopy

As we grow as a group, we believe it becomes more and more important to reflect on our vision, mission, and philosophy. 

“We know that what matters most in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What matters is helping others win as well. Even if it means slowing down and changing our course now and again.” - Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)

Our mission and vision is to cultivate a group of scientists to tackle some of the most challenging problems in biology while always remembering that what is essential is invisible to the eye.