Dr. Ivet Bahar, Distinguished Professor and John K. Vries Chair of Computational and Systems Biology, was awarded the 2014 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research award in the Senior Scholar category, which honors faculty members who have an outstanding and continuing record of research and scholarly activity. Other professors awarded in the Senior Scholar category include: Marcus Rediker, Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History and Andrew Schwartz, Professor of Neurobiology.
Some of her many accomplishments include:
- Her pioneering work on the development of elastic network models and multiscale computational methods which helped gain a mechanistic understanding of protein dynamics and allostery
- Establishment of the National Center for Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems (MMBioS) in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon U, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, in 2012, with focus on (neuro)signaling and regulation events at the CNS
- The establishment of the Department of Computational & Systems Biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2010, succeeding the Department of Computational Biology in 2004 and the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics in 2001.
- Co-founding the Joint Carnegie Mellon – University of Pittsburgh Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology in 2005, one of ten national HHMI-NIBIB Interfaces Initiative Awardees.
- Election to European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) membership in 2000
- Authoring more than 230 publications in scientific journals and receiving more than 9,000 citations (H-index: 52) [as of February 2014]
Dr. Bahar’s current research focuses on: biomolecular systems dynamics; evolution of proteins’ sequence, structure, dynamics and function; elastic network models for protein-protein interactions, supramolecular machinery and allostery; and computer-aided drug discovery.
Join us in congratulating Dr. Bahar for this great achievement!
See the announcement at http://www.chronicle.pitt.edu/story/chancellor’s-teaching-research-and-service-awards-announced.