Update: Aug. 7, 2018

Virginia Tech has confirmed today that Chris Barrett, the executive director of its Biocomplexity Institute, will leave the university and has accepted an appointment at the University of Virginia.

For almost 20 years, Virginia Tech has pioneered innovative research in the study of life sciences, the environment and human populations as a complex system. Under Barrett’s guidance, the Biocomplexity Institute has led the way in developing computational approaches to simulating large-scale complex systems. Virginia Tech will miss Barrett’s leadership and appreciates his service to the university. Moving forward, Virginia Tech will continue to build on its strengths in this domain. We look forward to working with the Institute’s faculty, staff and students to take the next step in determining the future of this exciting field of discovery

The Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech is and will be an integral part of the university’s broad research portfolio. For more than 15 years, the university has remained fully committed to continue to support and grow the important research that it conducts. The Biocomplexity Institute remains an essential part of the future vision and work at Virginia Tech.

Institute Executive Director Chris Barrett has recently shared with university leadership his intent to leave Virginia Tech to assume a new position elsewhere. He has expressed his desire to continue collaborations and partnerships with Virginia Tech researchers at the Biocomplexity Institute to grow his field of research.

A world-class scientist, Barrett’s contributions to the institute, the university, and his field of study have been extensive, and Virginia Tech is grateful for his many contributions. Work has begun to name an interim director or new director. The university intends to share that announcement when completed.

Learn more about the research conducted at the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech.