Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Carnegie Mellon's Bob Murphy Appointed to National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council
PITTSBURGH—Robert F. Murphy, the Ray and Stephanie Lane Professor of Computational Biology at Carnegie Mellon University, has been appointed to the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council. Murphy is one of three new appointees this year.
The council, which meets three times a year, is composed of leaders in biological and medical sciences, education, health care and public affairs. Its members, who are appointed to four-year terms, perform the second level of peer review for research and research training grant applications assigned to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), one of the National Institutes of Health. Council members also offer advice and recommendations on policy and program development, program implementation, evaluation and other matters of significance to the mission and goals of the NIGMS.
Murphy is the director of the Ray and Stephanie Lane Center for Computational Biology at Carnegie Mellon and co-directs the joint Carnegie Mellon-University of Pittsburgh Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology. His current work focuses on applying machine learning methods to analyze fluorescence microscope images. Murphy earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Columbia University in New York City and a doctoral degree in biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.