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Warnow, Tandy

Tandy Warnow

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Theoretical Computer Science

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley (1991)

Research Interests

Dr. Warnow's 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.

My students and I are actively working on developing new methods for estimating alignments and trees (both gene trees and species trees), as well as for taxon identification of metagenomic data. We are currently working with three international research projects, two involved with estimating the Avian phylogeny, and also the Thousand Transcriptome Project (1KP), using our methods to estimate alignments and trees on individual genes, and to estimate species trees from these multi-marker datasets. We welcome collaborations with biologists who have data that are difficult to analyze, either because the datasets are too large for current methods, or because current methods fail to have sufficiently high accuracy.


Selected Publications

K. Liu, S. Raghavan, S. Nelesen, C. R. Linder, and T. Warnow. "Rapid and accurate largescale coestimation of sequence alignments and phylogenetic trees." Science, vol. 324, no. 5934, pp. 1561-1564, 19 June 2009.

L. Nakhleh, D. Ringe, and T. Warnow. "Perfect Phylogenetic Networks: A New Methodology for Reconstructingthe Evolutionary History of Natural Languages". Language (Journal of the Linguistic Society of America), 81(2):382-420, 2005.

L. Nakhleh, T. Warnow, C. R. Linder, and K. St. John. 2005. "Reconstructing reticulate evolution in species - theory and practice." The Journal of Computational Biology, 12(6-7), 796-811, 2005; special issue for selected papers from RECOMB 2004.

T. Warnow, B.M.E. Moret, and K. St. John. 2001. "Absolute Convergence: True Trees From Short Sequences". ACM/SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA) 2001.

L.-S. Wang and T. Warnow, 2006. "Reconstructing Chromosomal Evolution." SIAM J. Computing, Vol. 36, Issue 2, 99-131, 2006.

  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2011.
  • National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, 1994.
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation Award in Science and Engineering, 1996.
  • Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, 2003-2004.