Computer Science

COE Outstanding Senior Faculty Award to Dan Gusfield

The College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Faculty Award was presented to Dan Gusfield, also in the Department of Computer Science. Dan has been a highly visible presence at UC Davis since arriving in 1987. He chaired the Department of Computer Science for four years, and he wrote the bioinformatics section of the genomics/bioinformatics initiative proposal that resulted in the creation of UC Davis’ Genomics Center. He also co-chaired the campus initiative on “Computational Characterization and Exploitation of Biological Networks,” which resulted in seven new faculty members hired in an equal number of different departments. He’s a distinguished author who recently published his third book, ReCombinatorics: The Algorithmics of Ancestral Recombination Graphs and Explicit Phylogenetic Networks. Putting that book’s theory into practice, Dan has been working with a UC Berkeley geneticist who hopes to use such techniques to better understand Type 2 diabetes.