Michael Brent, the Henry Edwin Sever Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows – Class of 2018.
The College of Fellows is composed of 1,500 individuals who are outstanding bioengineers in academia, industry, clinical practice, and government. Fellows are nominated each year by their peers and represent the top 2 percent of the medical and biological engineering community. The honor is very competitive – fewer than 60 percent of nominations are accepted. He will be inducted at the AIMBE Annual Meeting in April 2018 in Washington, D.C.
Brent’s lab is developing and applying mathematical and computational methods for mapping gene regulation networks, modeling them quantitatively and synthesizing new network designs in living cells.
Brent came to Washington University in St. Louis in 1999, where he developed a research program in computational biology. From 2001 to 2008 he focused on computational and molecular methods for improving the accuracy of genome annotation. Since 2008, he has focused on computational and molecular methods for mapping and modeling gene regulation networks.
Brent was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2012. He earned a doctorate in computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then was an assistant and associate professor of cognitive science at Johns Hopkins University.
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