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Homayouni Named Director of Bioinformatics at U of M
For release: Aug. 22, 2006
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Dr. Ramin Homayouni has been appointed director of the Bioinformatics Program at the University of Memphis. He also serves as an associate professor of biology at the U of M and adjunct associate professor of neurology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Homayouni leads a multi-disciplinary team of researchers investigating the mechanisms of neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration using mouse models. His lab is also developing automated text-mining tools to assist in interpretation of genomic data using biomedical literature. Homayouni's work has resulted in three U.S. patent applications and has been published in more than 22 peer-reviewed journal articles. His research projects are currently supported by federal and private grants.

Homayouni earned his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of Houston and received postdoctoral training in developmental neurobiology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

In 2001 he joined the Department of Neurology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center as an assistant professor and the director of the Center for Genomics Microarray Analysis Core.

Salary support for the Chair of Excellence in Bioinformatics is being provided by a $1 million grant from the Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc.

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