• Founder Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Member of the Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Member of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications
• Affiliate in the Departments of Animal Biology, Plant Biology, Entomology, Mathematics, Statistics, and Electrical and Computer Engineering
• BS University of California at Berkeley (USA)
• PhD University of California at Berkeley (USA)
• National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 1994
• David and Lucile Packard Foundation Award in Science and Engineering in 1996
• Emeline Bigelow Conland Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2006
• Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for 2011
• ACM Fellow in 2016
The Warnow lab research combines mathematics, computer science, and statistics to develop improved models and algorithms for reconstructing complex and large-scale evolutionary histories in both biology and historical linguistics. Her current research focuses on phylogeny and alignment estimation for very large datasets (10,000 to 1,000,000 sequences), estimating species trees from collections of gene trees, and metagenomics.
The main focus is on the hardest computational problems in these areas, where large dataset sizes and model complexity makes existing approaches have insufficient accuracy. For these problems, she develops innovative strategies (often including graph-theoretic algorithms that employ divide-and-conquer, combined with powerful statistical methods), and proves theorems about the methods that her lab develops. She also works in historical linguistics, which seeks to estimate how language families (e.g., Indo-European) evolved. We use real data and perform massive simulations to evaluate the performance of methods that we develop, and also collaborate closely with biologists and linguists in data analysis.
In the role of Faculty Member, Tandy Warnow contributes recommendations and reviews to the Computational Genomics & Genetic Analysis Section in the Bioinformatics, Biomedical Informatics & Computational Biology Faculty, writing brief accessible comments to summarize the value of the articles and adding rating score.
The Faculty comprises Heads of Faculty, Heads of Section, Faculty Members and Associate Faculty Members, as well as an International Advisory Board.
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