Bonnie Hurwitz

Assistant Professor

(520) 626-9819

Systems Biology
Functional Metagenomics
Big Data
Computational Biology


iMicrobe (

Lab Focus: The focus of the lab is on “One Health” and the relationship between the environment, animals, and human health. In particular, the lab focuses on large-scale "omics" datasets from human and earth microbiomes, high-throughput computing, and advanced informatics. Core research areas range from the human microbiome and health to ecosystem genomics.

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Education (degree, discipline, institution, year)


Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of Arizona



Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Univ of California-Santa Cruz


Academic experience  (institution, rank, title, dates)

Aug 2014-present

Assist. Prof.

University of Arizona

Agric. and Biosystems Engr.


Prgm Director

University of Arizona

Health Informatics, VP Health Sciences

Not academic experiences, consulting/industry, patents

2004-2008       Bioinformatics Consultant       Cold Spring Harbor Lab     Ware and Stein Lab

2002-2004       Bioinformatics Scientist           Third Wave Technologies  Dept of Bioinformatics

2001-2002       Project Leader                          Accelrys                            Bioinformatics Data Serv

1997-2001       Assoc. Bioinformatics Scientist                                         Incyte Genomics    Bioinformatics Services

Hurwitz, B. and Watts, W. (2014) Bacterial identification in clinical infections, Arizona Board of Regents, Tucson, AZ

Hurwitz, B. et al. (2014) Assays for the direct measurement of gene dosage, Third Wave Technologies, Madison, WI

Hurwitz, B. et al. (2004) Molecules for diagnostics and therapeutics, Incyte Genomics, Palo Alto CA

Current membership in professional organizations


Institute of Biological Engineering


American Medical Informatics Association


American Society for Oceanography and Limnology


American Society for Microbiology


International Society for Computational Biology

Honors and awards


Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation


Integrative and Graduate Education Research Traineeship, National Science Foundation

Service activities (within and outside of the institution)

Grant panelist, National Science Foundation: annually, 2015-present, molecular and cellular biology; NSF invited external reviewer, >2 proposals in 2 NSF programs/directorates; reviewer; Manuscript reviewer, > 20 manuscripts for > 6 journals; Symposium organizer, two symposia at UA since 2014.

Chair, UA Research Computing Governance Committee 2014-present; Member, Cluster Hire Search Committee, Ecosystem Genomics (five positions) 2014-present; Technical Steering Committee Member, EarthCube ECOGEO RCN 2014-present; Member, Search Committee, Engineering Faculty, ABE 2014-present; Member, Search committee, Molecular Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Sciences 2015-2016; Member, Graduate Committee, ABE; Member, Provost’s committee, big data (four positions) 2015-2016; Member, Search Committee, Management Information Systems 2015-2016; Member, Search committee, Intestinal Microbiology Faculty, ACBS 2015-2016; Member, Search Committee, Pharmacogenomics, College of Pharmacy 2014-2015; Member, Search Committee, Director, ACBS 2014-2015.  I have coordinated a two-day computational workshop for under-represented students from Tucson high schools (20+ students, in 2014); I have served as a judge at the UA STEAMWORKS in 2016.  I was a Workshop Convener, American Society for Oceanography and Limnology in 2015.

Principal/Selected publications and presentations (from the last five years)

Bouldoc, B., Youens-Clark, K., Roux, S, Hurwitz, B.L., Sullivan, M.B. 2016. iVirus: facilitating new insights in viral ecology with software and community datasets imbedded in a cyberinfrastructure. ISMEin press.

Hurwitz, B.L., U'Ren, J.M. and Youens-Clark, K., 2016. Computational prospecting the great viral unknown. FEMS Microbiology Letters363(10), p.fnw077.

Hurwitz, B.L. and U’Ren, J.M., 2016. Viral metabolic reprogramming in marine ecosystems. Current Opinion in Microbiology31, pp.161-168.

Armstrong, D.G., Hurwitz, B.L. and Lipsky, B.A., 2015. Set Phages to Stun: Reducing the Virulence of Staphylococcus aureus in Diabetic Foot Ulcers.Diabetes64(8), pp.2701-2703.

Armstrong, D.G., Lew, E.J., Hurwitz, B. and Wild, T., 2015. The quest for tissue repair's holy grail: The promise of wound diagnostics or just another fishing expedition?. Wound Medicine8, pp.1-5.

Brum, J.R., Hurwitz, B.L., Schofield, O., Ducklow, H.W. and Sullivan, M.B., 2015. Seasonal time bombs: dominant temperate viruses affect Southern Ocean microbial dynamics. The ISME journal.

Roux, S., Enault, F., Hurwitz, B.L. and Sullivan, M.B., 2015. VirSorter: mining viral signal from microbial genomic data. PeerJ3, p.e985.

Spichler, A., Hurwitz, B.L., Armstrong, D.G. and Lipsky, B.A., 2015. Microbiology of diabetic foot infections: from Louis Pasteur to ‘crime scene investigation’. BMC medicine13(1), p.1.

Hurwitz, B.L., Brum, J.R. and Sullivan, M.B., 2015. Depth-stratified functional and taxonomic niche specialization in the ‘core’and ‘flexible’Pacific Ocean Virome. The ISME journal9(2), pp.472-484.

Hurwitz, B.L., Westveld, A.H., Brum, J.R. and Sullivan, M.B., 2014. Modeling ecological drivers in marine viral communities using comparative metagenomics and network analyses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences111(29), pp.10714-10719.

Rankin, T.M., Giovinco, N.A., Cucher, D.J., Watts, G., Hurwitz, B. and Armstrong, D.G., 2014. Three-dimensional printing surgical instruments: are we there yet?. Journal of Surgical Research189(2), pp.193-197.

Hurwitz, B.L., Hallam, S.J. and Sullivan, M.B., 2013. Metabolic reprogramming by viruses in the sunlit and dark ocean. Genome Biol14(11), p.R123.

Hurwitz, B.L. and Sullivan, M.B., 2013. The Pacific Ocean Virome (POV): a marine viral metagenomic dataset and associated protein clusters for quantitative viral ecology. PLoS One8(2), p.e57355.

Hurwitz, B.L., Deng, L., Poulos, B.T. and Sullivan, M.B., 2013. Evaluation of methods to concentrate and purify ocean virus communities through comparative, replicated metagenomics. Environmental microbiology15(5), pp.1428-1440.

Professional development activities (Most recent)

Attended two NSF CAREER award lecture series (at UA in 2015 and at NSF Headquarters 2016); Attended grant writing Workshop by the UA Office of Research; Attended instruction workshops by the UA Office of Instruction and Assessment (2015); Attended and gave invited talks: Diabetic Limb Salvage Conference, Washington, D.C. (2016); University of Michigan Institute for Data Science Distinguished Lecture Series (2016); Ocean Sciences Meeting, Town hall, New Orleans, LA. (2016); Plant Animal Genome Conference, San Diego, CA. (2016); University of Hawaii, Dept. of Oceanography, Honolulu Hawaii (2015); ASM ICAAC, San Diego, CA. (2015); Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, MA. (2015); 7th International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot, The Hague, Netherlands (2015); Diabetic Limb Salvage Conference, Washington, D.C. (2014); DFCon, Los Angeles, CA (2014); Plant Animal Genome Conference, San Diego, CA (2014); American Society for Microbiology, Viromics Workshop (2014).