Sally Ellingson PhD


  • Ben F. Roach Cancer Care Facility (Pavilion CC), room 405
  • 859-218-3197 (office)
  • 865-405-3659 (cell)


  • Computational biology
  • Drug discovery
  • High-performance computing

Research areas

Academic appointment

  • Assistant Professor, Division of Biomedical Informatics, Department of Internal Medicine

Service appointment

  • Manager, High Performance Computing, Cancer Research Informatics Shared Resource Facility, Markey Cancer Center


  • PhD in Genome Science and Technology; University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Knoxville, TN
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science; University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Knoxville, TN
  • BS in Computer Science; Florida Institute of Technology; Melbourne, FL
  • BS in Mathematical Sciences; Florida Institute of Technology; Melbourne, FL


Dr. Sally Ellingson is a computational scientist working at the intersection of computational biology and high-performance computing. Her research goals lie in harnessing computational power for discoveries otherwise not possible in biomedical areas of high societal importance. During her graduate education, she worked at the Center for Molecular Biophysics at Oak Ridge National Laboratory under a fellowship funded by the National Science Foundation in computational biology. Dr. Ellingson is a Research Affiliate and visiting faculty at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Ellingson also engages in mentoring and outreach, especially for underrepresented groups in computational sciences. Since graduation she has been actively engaged in the organization of the student programs at Supercomputing, the largest conference in high-performance computing. She also organizes and volunteers for the Broader Engagement program at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics: Computational Sciences and Engineering meeting.


  • KL2 Career Development Award sponsored by Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) and College of Medicine, University of Kentucky


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