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Listing of news from the Institute of Bioinformatics at University of Georgia

Kun-Lin Ho Successfully Defends Dissertation

Kun-Lin Ho of Dr. Shaying Zhao’s lab successfully defended his dissertation titled, “Discovering Canine Cancer-Associated Somatic Mutations in WES, WGS, and RNA-SEQ” on Monday, November 13, 2023. Congratulations Dr. Ho!

Mandy Sullivan Successfully Defends Dissertation

Mandy Sullivan of Dr. Travis Glenn’s lab successfully defended his dissertation titled, “Mining Mixtures: Approaches to Enrich and Detect Pathogen Sequences in Complex Samples to Improve Public Health.” on Friday, November 3, 2023. Congratulations Dr. Sullivan!

Hanxia Li Successfully Defends Dissertation

Hanxia Li of Dr. Jason Wallace’s lab successfully defended his dissertation titled, “”Understanding plant-microbe interactions for improving agriculture.” on Tuesday, October, 2023. Congratulations Dr. Li!

Safal Shrestha Successfully Defends Dissertation

Safal Shrestha of Dr. Natarajan Kannan’s lab successfully defended his dissertation titled, “Elucidating the Understudied Fructosamine-3-Kinase (FN3K) Family: A Combined Experimental and Computational Study on Structure, Function, Evolution, and Regulation” on Monday, October 30, 2023. Congratulations Dr. Shrestha!

Abigail E. Moore Successfully Defends Dissertation

Abby Moore of Dr. Art Edison’s lab successfully defended her dissertation, “Spreadsheets enable the provenance of biological material to mutually benefit authors and the scientific community.” on Friday, August 25, 2023.

Congratulations Dr. Moore!

Joshua Watson Successfully Defends his Dissertation!

Joshua Watson of Dr. Shaying Zhao’s lab successfully defended his dissertation titled, “Human basal-like breast cancer is represented by one of the two mammary tumor subtypes in dogs.” on Friday, April 14, 2023.

Congratulations Dr. Watson!

Dr. Natarajan Kannan receives Lamar Dodd Creative Research Award- Congratulations Dr. Kannan!

Lamar Dodd Creative Research Award


Natarajan Kannan

Natarajan Kannan, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Institute of Bioinformatics, leads an internationally recognized program at the interface of bioinformatics and biochemistry. Developing and applying sophisticated statistical and computational tools, he maps the complex relationships connecting sequence, structure, function and regulation in large families of protein kinases. These enzymes turn signals on and off in cells, a critical part of cell communication. Kinases are involved in many diseases and in related drug development studies as anti-cancer and infectious disease targets. He has also developed powerful informatics tools and deep learning models for the classification and evolutionary analysis of glycosyltransferases, a large family of enzymes. He is leveraging new information from these proteins from different cell, tissue, disease types and organisms to develop predictions about how they propagate signals in diseases. And he continues to train the next generation of scientists to apply new computational tools for biological discovery.