James L. Carmon Scholarship Award 2007
Chih-Horng Kuo, a doctoral candidate in genetics, is working on computational approaches to address two related but quite different biological systems. One project looks at the mathematical modeling of host-parasite interaction and co-evolution. The second focuses on genome evolution in protozoan parasites. For both projects, Kuo developed novel computational approaches to address questions of biological and evolutionary significance. The innovative tools he developed are directly applicable to genome science, a field of growing importance to all aspects of biology. These tools not only benefit Kuo’s own research but also represent a major advance in computational approaches to study genomes. He published three papers from his master’s work, and in his first three years as a PhD candidate, he published three more and is already writing a fourth.