and cloning of human disease genes. He receive a MacArthur Fellowship in 1987 for his work at the interface of molecular biology and mathematics. He received a Ph.D. in pure mathematics from Oxford University in 1981, where he studied algebraic combinatorics.
Eugene W. Myers
Professor, Department of Computer Science
University of Arizona
Dr. Myers specializes in algorithm designs, an area of computer science focusing on the creation of computer methods to solve problems efficiently and accurately. He first entered the area of computational molecular biology in 1986 when he began to focus on algorithms for searching biosequence databases, discovering DNA sequence patterns, comparing sequences, sequencing DNA, and displaying molecular images. He is an editor for Computer Applications in the Biosciences and the Journal of Computational Biology. His algorithm designs are at the heart of the software tools BLAST, Inheret, ANREP, and MacMolecule.
Dr. Myers received a bachelors degree in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology in 1975 and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Colorado in 1981. Immediately thereafter he joined the faculty of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Arizona, where he became a full professor in 1991 and where he works today.
De Witt Sumners
Distinguished Research Professor
Florida State University
Dr. Sumner's professional interests are knot theory and scientific applications of topology, and his research activity includes knotting in random chains and topological models in molecular biology. Dr. Sumners initiated the development of the tangle model to analyze the