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Fernando Javier Pineda, Ph.D.

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  • Joint Appointment in Health Sciences Informatics

Research Interests

Bioinformatics; Computational biology; Proteomics; Machine learning; Mass spectrometry; Statistics


Dr. Fernando Pineda holds a joint appointment in health sciences informatics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is an associate professor of molecular microbiology and immunology with a joint appointment in biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

His research applies advanced computational and mathematical techniques to problems within modern biology and public health. 

His team is currently engaged in research to help biologists characterize biological systems, such as the life cycle of the parasite responsible for clinical malaria.

Dr. Pineda received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. more


  • Joint Appointment in Health Sciences Informatics

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Research & Publications


Dr. Pineda’s group uses advanced computational and mathematical techniques to develop methods for solving problems in modern biology and public health. His team creates analysis algorithms, software tools and models that help biologists to characterize biological systems. For example, the team has researched the life cycle of the Plasmodium falciparum parasite, which is responsible for an estimated 350–500 million annual episodes of clinical malaria, in an effort to help prevent and treat malaria.

Selected Publications

Berman SB, Chen Y, Qi B, McCaffery JM, Rucker III EB, Goebbels S, Nave KA, Arnold BA, Jonas E, Pineda FJ, Hardwick JM. "Bcl-xL increases mitochondrial fission, fusion and biomass in neurons." Journal of Cell Biology. 2009;184(5):707-719.

Berman SB, Pineda FJ, Hardwick JM. "Mitochondrial fission and fusion dynamics: the long and short of it." Cell Death and Differentiation. 2008;15:1147-52.

Syversen E, Pineda FJ, Watson J. "Temperature variations recorded during inter-institutional air shipments of laboratory mice." J Am Assoc Lab Animal Sci. 2008;47(1):31-36.

Kafsack BF, Carruthers VB, Pineda FJ. "Kinetic modeling of Toxoplasma gondii invasion." Journal of Theoretical Biology. 2007;249(4):817-25.

Cheng WC, Berman SB, Ivanovska I, Jonas EA, Lee SJ, Chen Y, Kaczmarek LK, Pineda FJ, Hardwick JM. "Mitochondrial factors with dual roles in death and survival." Oncogene. 2006;25:4697-705.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Perl for Bioinformatics (140.636.01)
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