Founder Professor of Engineering
Fellow of the ISCB (International Society for Computational Biology), 2017
Fellow of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), 2016: For contributions to mathematical theory, algorithms, and software for large-scale molecular phylogenetics and historical linguistics
My former student Siavash Mirarab received honorable mention for ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2016 (UCSD announcement) (ACM announcement), and selected as a Sloan Foundation Fellow in Computational and Evolutionary Molecular Biology 2017.
Research Positions Available: If you are an undergraduate seeking a research position, please see this page. I have openings in my group for graduate students (PhD or MS) to work on developing computational methods for large-scale multiple sequence alignment, phylogeny estimation, metagenomics, and even historical linguistics. Strong programming skills, mathematical intuition, and interest in collaboration are necessary. If you are already a graduate student at UIUC, please contact me directly. If you are interested in applying to UIUC for graduate school and would like to work with me, please read this first and then contact me. Unfortunately, I do not have any funding available for postdoctoral researchers. However, if you have your own source of funds and have published papers directly related to my research, I'll be glad to talk with you about working together.
Research Overview: My research combines mathematics, computer science, probability, and statistics, in order to develop algorithms with improved accuracy for large-scale and complex estimation problems in phylogenomics (genome-scale phylogeny estimation), multiple sequence alignment, metagenomics, and historical linguistics. Click here for more about my research.
Computational Phylogenetics: An introduction to designing methods for phylogeny estimation, to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.
Teaching Spring 2017
Office hours Spring 2017: Mondays 9-10 AM (CS 466/BIOE 498) and Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 PM (BIOE 540/CS 581), both in 3235 Siebel Center.
Current NSF Funding: My research in currently funded by three grants from the National Science Foundation.
A day in the life of an SRO at NIH (not by me)
"Plus de détails, plus de détails, disait-il à son fils, il n'y a d'originalité et de vérité que dans les détails..." -- Stendhal, Lucien Leuwen (a quote much loved by my stepfather, Martin J. Klein, and an essential guide for all scholarship).
Click here for Google Scholar Citations (i10-index 134 and h-index 55).