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Dr. McWeeney selected as a Kavli Frontiers Fellow by the National Academy of Science

Shannon McWeeney, PhD, Associate Professor, and Head of the Division of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, has been selected as a Kavli Frontiers Fellow by the National Academy of Science.

Jointly sponsored by the US National Academy of Sciences and The Kavli Foundation, the Kavli Frontiers of Science bring together some of the very best young scientists (under age 45) to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields in a format that encourages informal collective, as well as one-on-one discussions among participants.

“It is an incredible honor to be selected by the Academy and identified as one of the top young scientists in my field,” said Dr. McWeeney. “I'm thrilled and excited. I also feel very humbled given the caliber of the prior Kavli Fellows.”

Dr. McWeeney’s research focuses on the development and application of statistical and computational methodologies for functional genomics data such as gene expression (microarray and RNA-seq), chIP-Seq and proteomics. Applications of this work have included such complex traits as diabetes, cancer and alcoholism. There is also a strong interest in her group in network inference, particulalry for applications in infectious disease. She said the selection offers her the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of her peers to discuss the major research challenges, methodologies, and approaches in their respective fields, and to identify common themes. "The synergistic, collaborative spirit of Kavli is an intellectual feast that will help me in my research and my development as a scientist," she said.

Dr. McWeeney will be attending the Symposium in November at the Beckman Center in Irvine, California.

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