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Bailey-Kellogg recognized by Sloan Foundation

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Chris Bailey-Kellogg has been awarded a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. According to the Sloan Foundation website, the research fellowships were established in 1955 "to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise."


Chris Bailey-Kellogg, Assistant Professor of Computer Science (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

"The Sloan Fellowship will help me build my research program at Dartmouth," says Bailey-Kellogg, who joined the Computer Science Department last fall. "I'm excited to introduce computer science students to new and different application areas, and maybe open up new career opportunities for them."

Bailey-Kellogg, a computational biologist, develops algorithms that interpret biological data to learn about the structure and function of cellular machinery, such as proteins. He works closely with biologists to develop integrated computational-experimental approaches for studying and engineering proteins. His research group is developing algorithms and systems to automatically plan experiments, predict outcomes, interpret data and then revise the models to start the cycle over.

"I think of my research as forming a computation-experiment-computation sandwich," says Bailey-Kellogg. "Our algorithms, or computations, plan the most informative experiments and later interpret the resulting data. My students and I are learning to stretch our thinking to connect the computer science to the biology, and I think the biologists are doing the same to reach out to the computer scientists."

Bailey-Kellogg is one of 116 new Sloan Fellows, all young faculty members in the U.S. and Canada representing the fields of chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience and physics. More than 30 Sloan Fellows have gone on to win Nobel Prizes.

By SUSAN KNAPP

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Last Updated: 12/17/08