Gary D. Stormo, PhD, FACMI

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Washington University School of Medicine
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Gary Stormo is Professor in the Department of Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine, where he is also the Director of the Graduate Program in Computational Biology. He received his BS degree in biology from Caltech and MA and PhD degrees in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the University of Colorado. He remained at the University of Colorado for postdoctoral research and was then hired as an Assistant Professor. He attained the rank of Professor before moving to his current position at Washington University in 1999. Dr. Stormo's research includes both experimental and computational studies. The experimental work is focused primarily on DNA–protein interactions and their role in regulating gene expression. His computational research also involves analysis of DNA–protein intearctions, including the development of pattern recognition algorithms for discovering DNA sites required for gene regulation. He has also developed methods for predicting RNA structure and identifying RNA motifs involved in protein interactions. Another area of computational research has been new methods for predicting protein coding genes in genomic DNA sequences.Dr. Stormo was Executive Editor of Bioinformatics from 1994 to 1999. He is currently on the editorial board for Bioinformatics and Nucleic Acids Research. He is on the board of directors of the International Society for Computational Biology and serves as Chair of the Publications Committee.