William A Thompson
Brown University, Applied Mathematics (Research)Member, Center for Computational Molecular Biology, USA
Dr. William Thompson received a Ph.D. in Physics from RPI, but spent a large part of my career in software development in a variety of fields, including AI and program language design. For the last fifteen years, I have been involved in computational biology, first at the Wadsworth Labs of the NY State Dept. of Health and now at Brown University. My research has focused on algorithms and software for computational biology.
The research interest is to turn the genetic blueprint into a functional organism, genes must be expressed in a specific temporal and spatial pattern. Finding the signals that control this expression and understanding their interactions is a key to learning the language of the genes. One of the first steps in this process is locating the regulatory mechanisms directly encoded in biological sequences. The focus of my research is to develop computational methods to locate these mechanisms.