Professor Ananth Kalyanaraman will speak on “Explorations in data science and combinatorial computing toward scalable life sciences application design” at the annual Anjan Bose Outstanding Researcher Lecture.

The free and public event will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in Engineering Teaching/Research Lab 101 on the WSU Pullman campus.

Over the last several decades, most fundamental discoveries in life sciences, including numerous genome discoveries, have been a product of science harnessing computing to explore the power of data. A new era promises the use of genome sequencing in preventative care, precision medicine, and precision agriculture. Kalyanaraman will discuss some of the key advances, challenges, and opportunities in computational life sciences and the importance of forging an interdisciplinary alliance between computer and life scientists for better science and healthier lives.

As the Boeing Centennial Chair in Computer Science, Kalynaraman conducts research in parallel computational biology and high-performance computing. With WSU since 2006, he has received more than $3 million in funding and has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a recipient of a Department of Energy Early Career award and is well-known in the international bioinformatics and high-performance computing research communities. He was named the Voiland College’s outstanding researcher for 2019.

The Anjan Bose Outstanding Researcher Award was created by the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Executive Leadership Board along with friends and alumni to honor Anjan Bose for his service to the college as dean. To acknowledge Bose’s support of faculty scholarship and to honor his internationally renowned reputation for research, the award annually recognizes and rewards the top faculty researcher in the college.