Mark Craven

Credentials: Biostatistics & Medical Informatics, Computer Sciences

Position title: Professor


Website: Craven Lab

Phone: 6082656181

4775A Medical Sciences Center


PhD (1996), University of Wisconsin
Postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University

Representative Awards

  • 2001 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2011 Vilas Associates Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Director, CIBM Training Program
  • Director, BD2K-funded Center for Predictive Computational Phenotyping


The focus of my research program is to develop and apply machine-learning methods to the problems of inferring models of, and reasoning about, networks of interactions among genes, proteins, metabolites, clinical variables, environmental factors, and phenotypes of interest. Current projects in my group are focused on (i) uncovering the intracellular networks involved in host-virus interactions, (ii) learning models of viral genotype-phenotype associations, (iii) automatically extracting molecular interactions and events from the biomedical literature, (iv) learning models to assess risk for clinical events such as asthma exacerbations and post-hospitalization VTEs using electronic health records and genetic data, and (v) modeling complex disease trajectories

Representative Publications  (Google Scholar | PUBMED)

  • Kiblawi, S. et al. Augmenting subnetwork inference with information extracted from the scientific literature. PLoS computational biology 15, e1006758, doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006758 (2019).
  • Chasman, D. et al. Inferring host gene subnetworks involved in viral replication. PLoS computational biology 10, e1003626, doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003626 (2014).
  • Hao, L. et al. Limited agreement of independent RNAi screens for virus-required host genes owes more to false-negative than false-positive factors. PLoS computational biology 9, e1003235, doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003235 (2013).
  • Kawaler, E. et al. Learning to predict post-hospitalization VTE risk from EHR data. AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2012, 436-445 (2012).
  • Smith, A. A., Vollrath, A., Bradfield, C. A. & Craven, M. Similarity queries for temporal toxicogenomic expression profiles. PLoS computational biology 4, e1000116, doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000116 (2008).
  • Noto, K. & Craven, M. Learning probabilistic models of cis-regulatory modules that represent logical and spatial aspects. Bioinformatics (Oxford, England) 23, e156-162, doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btl319 (2007).