Colin Dewey was an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences with an honors breadth area in Molecular & Cell Biology. After receiving his B.S. with high honors in 2001, he continued on as a graduate student at Berkeley under the guidance of Lior Pachter. Colin received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences with a Designated Emphasis in Computational and Genomic Biology in 2006. Following his doctorate, he joined the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor.
Driven by his interests in molecular evolution and algorithm design, Colin has focused his research on the development of algorithms for comparing multiple whole genome sequences. He has participated in the international sequencing projects for the mouse, rat, and chicken genomes and was a member of the ENCODE Consortium, which aims to construct a catalog of all functional elements in the human genome. Colin has also collaborated with scientists at the National Center for Biotechnology Information.