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1. Faculty Development
In the first phase of the DOE EPSCoR Program in Structural and Computational Biology, two
computational biologists were recruited into tenure track positions in the Department of
Computer Sciences, Dr. Margaret Eppstein in 2001 and Dr. Abdullah Arslan in 2002. Dr.
Eppstein has made significant national contributions in the areas of optical imaging and
evolutionary computational biology. In 2006 she was made founding Co-Director of the
Complex Systems Center here at the University of Vermont. An extensive publication list, as
well as awards and honors are included in her Curriculum Vitae (Appendix 2). The second
recruit in Computational Biology, Dr. Abdullah Arslan, was recruited from the University of
California, Santa Barbara. His research interests include algorithms on strings, graphs, similarity
search problems, computational problems and bioinformatics. He also has a substantial list of
publications since his appointment as noted in his Curriculum Vitae (Appendix 2). In 2004,
during the second phase of support, a biostatistician, Dr. Richard Single, was recruited to the
tenure track in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. His research focuses on genotypic
analysis of proteins involved in immunobiology. Dr. Single has numerous publications in this
area and is supported by a variety of funding mechanisms (Appendix 2). The recruitment of these
individuals significantly contributed to the critical mass of faculty working in Computational
Biology (Table 4).
Table 4 Cluster Primary Faculty
Abdullah Arslan Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Daniel Bentil, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Jeffrey Bond, Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Margaret Eppstein, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Douglas Green, Ph.D. Professor, Biology, Saint Michael's College
James Hoffmann, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Botany and Agricultural Biochemistry
Alan Ling, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Richard Single, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Robert Snapp, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics and Statistics
Xindong Wu, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Computer Science
To add to the structural biology faculty, Dr. Robert Hondal was recruited into the Biochemistry
Department in 2002. The main focus of Dr. Hondal's laboratory is the investigation of the
enzyme mechanism of eukaryotic thioredoxin reductases. Dr. Hondal's group uses NMR
spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography to undertake structure/function studies of these
selenocystein-containing proteins. He also has an excellent publication list and is currently
supported by an NIH R01 grant (Appendix 2). Dr. Hondal was a significant addition to the
primary faculty working in the structural biology area (Table 5).
Kelvin Chu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Physics
Sylvie Doublid, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Stephen Everse, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Robert Hondal, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Barbara Lyons, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Mark Rould, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
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