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Symposium sheds light on student’s Big Data discovery

March 7, 2014

MU graduate student, Andi Dhroso, was one of five students selected as a recipient of the Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship to attend a Keystone Symposium on “Big Data in Biology.”

Story By:  University of Missouri Department of Engineering

University of Missouri computer science master’s student Dhroso, who also is seeking a doctoral degree from MU’s Informatics Institute (MUII), was one of five students selected as a recipient of the Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship to attend a Keystone Symposium on “Big Data in Biology” in San Francisco on March 23 and 24 to present his work.  He works in the lab of Dmitry Korkin, associate professor of computer science, who also is on the MUII faculty.

“In simple terms, we tried to identify pieces of the DNA that are identical across multiple species. And when I say identical, I mean 100 percent identical,” Dhroso said. “Obviously the more diverse the species are, the smaller are the chances of having big pieces of the DNA matching.”  More…