New Faculty Member Joining the Computational Biology Department
We are very pleased that Hosein Mohimani will be joining us as an Assistant Professor. He received his B.Sc. in mathematics and EE from Sharif University of Technology, Iran, and Ph.D. in ECE from the University of California, San Diego working with internationally recognized computational biology leader Pavel Pevzner. He worked for a year and a half as a Bioinformatics Scientists at Illumina before returning to UCSD as a project scientist. In collaboration with researchers from St. Petersburg Academic University of the Russian Academy of Sciences, he developed error-tolerant approaches to connect metagenomics and metabolomics datasets for discovering novel antibiotics. This work resulted in the first discovery of an antibiotic (called Informatipeptin) in a completely automated fashion.
In addition to continuing his work bridging metagenomics and metabolomics, Hosein proposes to work on identifying potential ways in which our microbiome may affect health (through identifying novel molecules that may mediate effects).