David Germano has taught and researched Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia since 1992. Germano is the executive director of UVA's Contemplative Sciences Center. In this context, he works extensively with each of the eleven schools at UVA to explore learning, research, and engagement initiatives regarding contemplation in their own disciplinary and professional areas. He is currently focused on the exploration of contemplative ideas, values, and practices involving humanistic and scientific methodologies, as well as new applications in diverse fields; he also holds a faculty appointment in the School of Nursing. He is one of the co-leaders of the Student Flourishing Initiative, a three way partnership with UVA, the University of Wisconsin, and Penn State University, as well as the lead organizer of an international research community of scholars and translators specializing in the Great Perfection (Dzokchen) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
UVA's Tibetan and Buddhist Studies programs are among the largest in the world outside of Asia. In 2000, Germano founded the Tibetan and Himalayan Library, which has become a major digital initiative building collaborative knowledge on the region. He is the founding director of the Tibet Center in the College of Arts & Sciences, which is home to a large exchange program with Tibetans in Tibet, as well extensive educational, research, and community initiatives on the ground in China and Bhutan. Germano's personal research focuses on contemplative and philosophical traditions in Tibetan Buddhism. More recently, Germano acted as the founding director of SHANTI (Sciences, Humanities and the Arts Network of Technological Initiatives) an initiative aimed at the mainstreaming of cutting edge digital technology for faculty, students, and staff across the University.