Colin Dewey is 2016-2018 Vilas Associate

BMI Associate Professor Colin Dewey has been chosen as a 2016-2018 Vilas Associate!

The Vilas Associates Competition of the UW-Madison recognizes new and on-going research of the highest quality and significance. Recipients are chosen competitively by the divisional Research Committees on the basis of a detailed proposal.

Colin was selected for this award by the Division of Biological Sciences for work entitled "Accurate de novo transcriptome assembly by optimization with a biologically and statistically-motivated objective function.” As has been the hallmark of Colin’s work, this project reflects a deep understanding of the biology of the problem, together with a precise specification of an appropriate statistical model. The expected result is a transcriptome assembler that achieves high accuracy by explicitly optimizing a statistically and biologically-principled objective function.