Professor Sohini Ramachandran of Brown University's Center for Computational Molecular Biology (she also serves as its Director) and Department of Computer Science has just received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Sohini's Ramachandran Group of researchers addresses problems in population genetics and evolutionary theory, generally using humans as a study system. Their work uses mathematical modeling, applied statistical methods, and computer simulations to make inferences from genetic data.
The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. Established in 1996, it acknowledges the contributions scientists and engineers have made to the advancement of science, technology, education, and mathematics education and to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, and community outreach.
"I’m very honored," Sohini says, "to have been nominated by the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services for this award. My research program focuses on studying the causes and consequences of human genomic variation, entirely from a mathematical and computational perspective. My becoming a PECASE awardee underscores that quantitative approaches in biology are equal partners with molecular, cellular, and organismal biomedical research in helping us understand the origins and diversity of life, as well as how to improve human health."
Sohini was one of just three PECASE winners from Rhode Island, along with Professor Anita Shukla of Brown's School of Engineering and Center for Biological Engineering. She joins Professor Amy Greenwald of Brown CS, a previous PECASE winner.
A full list of recipients is available here.
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