Dr. Robert Hester is professor and interim chair of the Department of Data Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He joined UMMC in 1985 after completing his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering jointly from Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, following by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia. Dr. Hester’s current research focus is continuing the computational simulation of human physiology started by Drs. Guyton and Coleman in the 1970s. He is leading the development of HumMod and other integrative physiological models for understanding human physiology and the development of in silico clinical trials.