May 19, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 20

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Bioinformatics to be featured on campus

The Health Science Center will host two nationally known experts in bioinformatics next week. Drs. David Landsman and Mark O. Lively will be spending two days on campus meeting with the Core Research Facilities Committee, chaired by Dr. Bettie Sue Masters, biochemistry, and with other faculty from the Health Science Center, The University of Texas at San Antonio and the San Antonio Cancer Institute. In addition to these meetings, both will make presentations to the campus community.

Dr. Landsman is chief of the Computational Biology Branch of the National Center for Biotechnology Information within the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Landsman will discuss "Why the Hype about Bioinformatics" for the campus community at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, in room 209L of the Medical School. Dr. Landsman has made significant contributions to our knowledge concerning the role of histone and non-histone proteins in chromatin structure and regulation of gene expression. He is particularly interested in bioinformatics and in the merging of computational analyses with experimental results obtained from biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, and genetics.

Dr. Lively is director of the Biomolecular Resource Laboratories of Wake Forest University and is a professor of biochemistry at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He will be featured at the weekly Department of Biochemistry seminar and will present "Signal Peptidase: An Atypical Serine Protease." The seminar is scheduled for noon May 23 in room 409L in the Medical School. Dr. Lively is an outstanding investigator in the area of protein structure and function. He has made significant contributions to scientists' understanding of protein processing, focusing on signal peptidases.