Travis S. Johnson, PhD

Director of Bioinformatics

Joined the IBRI in July 2021

Travis Johnson

Travis S. Johnson, PhD, is a researcher working at the intersection of data science, medicine and human genetics. In his role at the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI), he supports efforts across disease teams to analyze high throughput data, facilitate the use of complex computational tools and develop novel data science solutions.

Before his start at the IBRI, Johnson started a faculty position at Indiana University School of Medicine department of biostatistics and health data science. During that time, he developed an independent research focus in machine learning, high throughput sequencing analysis, single cell technologies and multi-omics.

View Johnson's published research here.

Besides his independent research, Johnson has a strong record of industry partnerships demonstrated by his bioinformatics consulting for Vascugen and Eli Lilly and Company. He believes these close partnerships with research shareholders across industry, academia and healthcare providers will drive the most important discoveries.

Since moving to Indiana, Johnson lives with his wife and two dogs in Broad Ripple where they enjoy the numerous parks and local restaurants.

Areas of Expertise

  • Bioinformatics
  • High-dimensional data
  • Machine learning


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Biomedical Sciences), The Ohio State University, 2020
  • Master of Science (Public Health), The Ohio State University, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science (Plant Biology), Ohio University, 2014

Awards & Certifications

  • BioCrossroads, 23 PAIR Award: Promising Achievers in Innovation and Research, 2022
  • International Myeloma Society, Young Investigator Award, 2022
  • American Cancer Society, Institutional Research Grant, 2021
  • Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Research Fellow Award, 2021
  • National Library of Medicine, Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award, 2019
  • National Library of Medicine, Multi-Modeling and Integrative Data Analytics Fellowship, 2016

Honorary Societies

  • American Society of Hematology
  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • International Society for Computational Biology