Speaker: Dr. Qin Ma University of Georgia
Time: 2015-05-21 16:00-2015-05-21 17:00
Venue: FIT 1-222
I am currently an assistant research scientist and a group leader in Biochemistry & Molecular biology department at the University of Georgia. And I am going to take a tenure-track assistant professor position at South Dakota State University later this summer. I was trained as a mathematician with a Ph.D. in operations research (focusing on graphical modeling and combinatorial optimization); and I have been working in a bioinformatics lab in the past six years, initially as a visiting student, then as a postdoc and now a research assistant scientist. Hence, I view myself as a well-trained bioinformatics researcher and computational modeler of biological data and systems. My technical strength is in developing combinatorial optimization techniques and data mining and modeling with the advent of high-throughput Omics technologies. Until now, I have published 25 papers on reputed bioinformatic journals; and have gained substantial experience in developing and applying advanced software techniques / web databases in carrying out my own bioinformatics research in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic areas. Through independent investigation and collaborative studies with numerous biologists, I have gained general knowledge and developed a strong and long-term interest in (1) characterization of bacterial genomic organization and (2) elucidation of metabolic networks and associated regulatory systems.