GLBIO 2017: I will co-chair GLBIO 2017 along with Tanya Berger-Wolf (UIC) and Sushmita Roy (Wisconsin). GLBIO will be held May 15-17, 2017, at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). PLOS One will publish the accepted full papers,, and the deadline for submissions (via EasyChair) is January 23, 2017. GLBIO 2017 will have a new format, with a mixture of Special Sessions (organized by the scientific community) in addition to the regular track.

ACM Fellow (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).

Research Positions Available: 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.

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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.

Recent NSF funding has supported work in phylogenomics, described here. This is still an area of very active research in my group. I also recently benefited from support of the John P. Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and earlier support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University, and Microsoft Research, New England. The Founder Professorship is funded through the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative, which is supporting development of research in Big Data and Bioengineering at UIUC. I am grateful to the National Science Foundation for its continuous support since 1994. See this page for completed projects funded by NSF, starting in 2001.

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 131 and h-index 54).

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Prior courses: CS 173(b),  CS 598AGB, 2016
and CS 598AGB, 2015

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