Professor, Computer Science
and Director, University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering
8125 Paint Branch Drive, Rm. 3134
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301-405-7245 (301-405-SAIL)
Email: mpop [at ] umiacs.umd.edu
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Other campus affiliations: Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation, Biological Sciences Graduate Program (BISI)
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Biological research increasingly relies on high-throughput experimental technologies. Sequencing technologies, in particular, have had a significant impact on modern biological research, allowing organisms to be described not just through their gross morphological and phenotypic features but also through the sequence of their genome. While determining the genome sequence of an organism is an important task, sequencing technologies are also increasingly being used as a research tool, e.g. to explore binding patterns for transcription factors.
My research is motivated by recent developments in high-throughput experimental technologies and the need to extract meaningful information from the wealth of data being generated. I am interested in both developing the necessary computational infrastructure for conducting biological research and in understanding the fundamental computational structure of the problems being solved.
Most of my recent research has focused on the analysis of microbial communities - a new scientific field called Metagenomics - with a particular focus on the microbes that inhabit the human body.
A detailed description of ongoing research in my lab is available on my Research page.