BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 3, 2012 – Dennis Dean, director of life sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In his role as director, he also oversees the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and the Fralin Life Science Institute.

Dean was named a Fellow for contributions to the fields of microbiology and bioinorganic chemistry.  His research is recognized the world over, with 160 publications to his credit and grant awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Office of Naval Research. The announcement was made on Nov. 30, and Dean will be honored at the AAAS annual meeting on Feb. 16, 2013, in Boston, Mass. 

For the full announcement, please see the VT News site.

About the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech is a premier bioinformatics, computational biology, and systems biology research facility that uses transdisciplinary approaches to science, combining information technology, biology and medicine. These approaches are used to interpret and apply vast amounts of biological data generated from basic research to some of today’s key challenges in the biomedical, environmental, and agricultural sciences. With more than 240 highly trained multidisciplinary, international personnel, research at the institute involves collaboration in diverse disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, biology, plant pathology, biochemistry, systems biology, computational immunology, statistics, economics, synthetic biology and medicine. The large amounts of data generated by this approach are analyzed and interpreted to create new knowledge that is disseminated to the world’s scientific, governmental and wider communities.


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December 03, 2012