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UTCS alum Luay Nakhleh has been awarded a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Luay received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2004 from UTCS, under the direction of Tandy Warnow, herself a Guggenheim awardee. 

Nakhleh develops mathematical models and computational methods for evolutionary analyses of genomes and interactomes. During his Guggenheim Fellowship, Nakhleh will focus on bringing techniques from phylogenetics and population genetics to tackle problems in evolutionary genomicsand developing algorithms for ancestral network reconstruction.

Luay Nakhleh is now an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Rice University, and holds joint appointments with that university's departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Biochemistry & Cell Biology. He is also an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Systems Biology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and a faculty member of the Structural and Computational Biology & Molecular Biophysics Program at Baylor College of Medicine.

Complete list of 2012 awardees