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US Department of Energy programs leader wins education award
Date:4/7/2011

olymerase chain reaction) and operated the DNA analyzer."

Today, Kerfeld leads the JGI's effort to develop educational programs and tools centered on large-scale DNA sequencing and its bioinformatic analysis and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

At the JGI, she conceived of and oversaw the development of an electronic resource and website for use by undergraduates annotating genomes. The Integrated Microbial Genomes Annotation Collaboration Toolkit, or IMG-ACT, is now being used at more than 65 educational institutions.

"Based on her own research, Cheryl knows that genome annotations are only as good as the experiments they inspire to test bioinformatics predictions. The holy grail is a national undergraduate effort to connect sequence annotation to functional genomics, and Cheryl is the leader to make it happen," said Brad Goodner, a professor of biology at Hiram College in Ohio.

The ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education is given annually to a scientist who encourages effective teaching and learning of biochemistry and molecular biology through his or her own teaching, leadership in education, writing, educational research, mentoring or public enlightenment.

Kerfeld will give her award lecture at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in Room 209A/B of the convention center.


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Contact: Angela Hopp
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American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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