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Dec. 9, 2003

UI Researcher Wins NIH Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Thomas Bair, electrical and computer engineering post-doctoral researcher at the University of Iowa College of Engineering's Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB), has been named the winner of a three-year, $136,176 fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the field of bioinformatics.

Bair, who received his doctorate in microbiology from the UI Graduate College in 2001, will work on a project titled "Developing Tools For Finding Novel Full-Length Sequences." The project involves helping collaborators in the lab of Dr. Bento Soares, professor of pediatrics in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, to prioritize expressed sequence tags (ESTs) for full-length gene sequencing. ESTs are short sections of sequence that are keys to exploring what sections of the genome are actually used by a cell.

Bair will also develop ways to identify ESTs that most likely represent full-length genes by working under Thomas Casavant, CBCB director and professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering in the UI College of Engineering. The project's goals are to find computational methods to identify full-length genes and find alternative splice forms, both previously unidentified, and aid in the tracking and sequencing of these full-length and alternative splice form candidates.

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