As Director of the Multi-scale Immunobiology Design, Algorithms, and Simulation (MIDAS) Lab, Dr. May’s research focuses on the design of integrated quantitative and empirical platforms for the development of multi-scale, predictive models of biological systems. The emphasis of her work is on the development of engineering solutions to address challenges in the areas of chronic infection and disease, biodefense, and the growing field of biomanufacturing. Additional research thrust areas draw on coding theory, information and communication theory to model and investigate fundamental biological processes such as gene expression and microbial communication-enabled adaptation.
Dr. May is a recipient of an NIH/NHLBI K25 Quantitative Research Career Development Award, the NSF Directors Award for Superior Accomplishment, and Women of Color Research Sciences and Technology Award. Her research has been supported by grants from the DoE, DTRA, NIH, and NSF.