David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor in Computer Science
Department of Computer Sciences
The University of Texas at Austin
My research focuses on the development of mathematical models and algorithms for estimating evolutionary history in Biology and Historical Linguistics. The main objective is to develop methods that produce much more accurate estimations of evolutionary history than can be obtained using existing tools. Our group is distinguished from many other groups in computational biology due to our focus on ultra-large datasets (anywhere from 10,000 to 1,000,000 sequences). We use real data and perform simulations to evaluate the performance of methods that we develop. This research area inolves mathematics, probability, statistics, computer science, and intensive collaborations with domain specialists. My current research is funded by the National Science Foundation (DEB 0733029 and DBI-1062335). I also recently benefited from support of the John P. Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
"Plus de détails, plus de détails, disait-il à son fils, il n'y a d'originalité et de vérité que dans les détails..." -- Stendhal, Lucien Leuwen (a quote much loved by my stepfather, Martin J. Klein, and an essential guide for all scholarship).
I am one of the organizers of a programme on Mathematical, Statistical and Computational Aspects of the new science of Metagenomics, to be held from 24 March to 17 April, 2014, at the Sir Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University, UK.
My research project has held annual Symposia and Software Tutorials on computational phylogenetics and phylogenomics, and expects to hold one more in 2014 (probably co-located with the Evolution 2014 meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina). For the most recent symposium and workshop, please see the webpages for the Symposium and Workshop on New Methods for Phylogenomics and Metagenomics, that was held at UT-Austin on Feb 16 and 17, 2013.
The University of Texas has an open position for a tenure-track assistant professor in computational biology spanning two departments - Computer Science and Molecular Biosciences. If you are interested, see this ad.
Click here for Google Scholar Citations (i10-index 100 and h-index 44).
The CIPRES Project is finally over, but the CIPRES Portal is still available through the TeraGrid. For an abridged version of our final report, see this. The CIPRES Science Gateway, story.
My schedule for the Fall 2013 semester is:
Siavash Mirarab, my PhD student, has been awarded a fellowship by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.