Computer Science and Engineering’s Izaguirre receives Center for Scientific Review appointment

Author: William G. Gilroy


Jesus A. Izaguirre, associate professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been invited to serve as a member of the Biodata Management and Analysis Study Section (BDMA) of the Center for Scientific Review (CSR), the portal for all research and training grant applications submitted to the National Institutes of Health.

The BDMA section reviews grant applications targeting the development of technologies for the management and analysis of biological data. Members of the section are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence in a specific discipline, with particular attention paid to the quality of their research, journal publications and other activities, achievements and honors.

Service on a study section requires mature judgment and objectivity, as well as the ability to work effectively in a group…qualities we believe Dr. Izaguirre will bring to this important task,Antonio Scarpa, director of the CSR, said.

Specific areas covered by the BDMA include, but are not limited to, methods for data management (data representation, standards and ontology development, data capture, data integrity and validation, data archiving, data distribution, data query, and hardware and software for computer systems); data analysis (theoretical approaches to the design and interpretation of large-scale studies and computational methods for organizing datasets); and visualization techniques (the summary and representation of data for data mining, World Wide Web and other server representations and simulations).

Izaguirres research encompasses the development of scalable algorithms and software for computational chemistry and biology, specifically in the areas of developmental and cellular molecular biology. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the IEEE Computer Society, the American Society of Engineering Education, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the New York Academy of Sciences. He was selected as the BP Foundation Outstanding Engineering Teacher of the Year at Notre Dame in 2005, and he received the National Science Foundations Early Career Development Award in 2002.

A Notre Dame faculty member since 1999, Izaguirre earned his bachelors degree in electronic systems engineering from the Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico in 1992 and his masters and doctoral degrees in computer science from the University of Illinois in 1996 and 1999, respectively.

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