Dr. Babu is one of the pioneers to establish data science-based approaches to reveal principles of biological systems. He was recruited to St. Jude in 2020 as the Endowed Chair in Biological Data Science in the Department of Structural Biology and Director of the Center of Excellence for Data-Driven Discovery. Dr Babu was awarded the 2019 EMBO Gold Medal for his contributions to the field of computational biology. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK in 2021, and a Fellow of the Royal Society, UK in 2023. He leads a prolific and innovative research team leveraging computational and experimental methods to study biological systems at different scales of complexity.