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CSL's Tandy Warnow, a University of Illinois Founder Professor of Bioengineering and Computer Science, was among the eight scientists recently elected as 2017 Fellows of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) for outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics.
With more than 130 published papers, Warnow combines mathematics, computer science, and statistics to develop improved models and algorithms for reconstructing complex and large-scale evolutionary histories in both biology and historical linguistics. Her current research focuses on phylogeny and alignment estimation for very large datasets (10,000 to 1,000,000 sequences) that may be highly fragmentary, estimating species trees and phylogenetic networks from collections of gene trees, and taxon identification in metagenomics.
She and her students use real data and perform massive simulations to evaluate the performance of methods they develop. They also collaborate closely with biologists and linguists in data analysis.
An interdisciplinary researcher, Warnow is a member of the Illinois Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and an affiliate in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, Animal Biology, Plant Biology, and Entomology, as well the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and Coordinated Science Lab (CSL). She’s also a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).
Warnow will be recognized at the ISCB members meeting on July 24, 2017, during the Society¹s international conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) in Prague, Czech Republic.