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

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.


IOB graduate student Karen Gonzalez wins 12th Annual UGA 3MT™ Competition- Congratulations Karen!

Thank you to all the students who participated in this year’s University of Georgia Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition.

The competition is open to all currently enrolled UGA master’s and doctoral students, and this year’s 3MT™ drew dozens of submissions from across the university. Several preliminary heats led to the selection of ten finalists, who submitted their presentations for a panel of judges.

The final competition was held Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at the University Chapel and was livestreamed on on Facebook.



This year’s grand prize winner was Karen Gonzalez, a doctoral student in the Institute of Bioinformatics, for her presentation titled “Humans vs Viruses.”

Karen Gonzalez

Karen Gonzalez, Grand Prize Winner


The runner-up was Chisom Okoli, a doctoral student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, for presenting “Equity in Wellness: Development of an eLearning Training to Improve Healthy Beverage Consumption in Black Families of Young Children.”

Chisom Okoli

Chisom Okoli, Runner Up Winner


The people’s choice award, which is given to the contestant who receives the most votes from viewers of the competition, went to Yang Su, a graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, for his presentation of “The Bacteria Glycans: Trojan Horses in Disguise.”

Yang Su

Yang Su, People’s Choice Winner


Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. 

3MT-Three Minute Thesis Founded by the University of Queensland