BLACKSBURG, Va., Jul. 10, 2003 - Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech today announced the acceptance of four fellows from the Virginia Tech College of Engineering. These faculty members will work closely with VBI researchers on multi-scale modeling, software/hardware engineering, microfluidics and image and signal process modeling projects.

Fellows will carry out novel, cutting-edge research projects of their own design in collaboration with VBI researchers Drs. Allan Dickerman, Iuliana Lazar, Pedro Mendes, Reinhard Laubenbacher, Karen Duca, and David Samuels.

Eligible faculty interested in the fellowships completed a detailed application process and have committed to spending at least one day per week at VBI. The four selected are: Peter Athanas, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Amy Bell, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mark Jones, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Joe Wang, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering.

Dr. Athanas currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research interests lie in the advancement of current knowledge of computing machinery and networks, and he will collaborate with Dr. Dickerman.

Dr. Bell is an Assistant Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She has a research interest in signal and image processing, as well as engineering education. Dr. Bell will collaborate with Dr. Duca.

Dr. Jones is an Associate Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His proposal for collaboration with VBI includes the use of function databases on GEPASI, VBI’s software for modeling biochemical systems, and a flu virus simulation. He will collaborate with Drs. Mendes, Laubenbacher and Samuels.

Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor in Virginia Tech’s Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. His research interests include the development of algorithms for microfluidics and parallel computer implementation systems. Dr. Wang with collaborate with Dr. Lazar.

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Published by Public Relations, June 09, 2003