Richard Bonneau joined the Simons Foundation in 2014 to develop next-generation computational biology methods for the Center for Computational Biology. He focuses on creating new methods for using protein structure modeling to interpret genetic variation and new methods for understanding biological networks. Before coming to the foundation, Bonneau was a senior scientist at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Washington, and before that he was a senior scientist at Structural GenomiX in San Diego, California. Currently, he is associate professor of biology and computer science as well as co-director of the Social Media and Political Participation Lab at New York University. He holds a B.A. in biochemistry from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in biomolecular structure and design from the University of Washington.