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Computer Science’s Gao Receives NSF CAREER Research Grant

January 17, 2006

University of Texas at Arlington Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Jean Gao has received a prestigious CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation to study four-dimensional, sub-cellular structure tracking and modeling for cell dynamics. The five-year grant is valued at more than $558,000.

The NSF’s CAREER grants are designed to promote faculty early career development and are awarded to scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. Dr. Gao joined UT-Arlington in January 2003 after receiving her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University. She also holds an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

New discoveries in biology rely on an extensive knowledge of cell dynamics. Knowledge of sub-cellular particles/structures such as organelles, vesicles and mRNAs is critical to understanding how cells regulate the delivery of specific proteins from the site of synthesis to the site of action. This provides a better understanding of diseases and viral infections. Dr. Gao will use the grant to develop a unique, web-based, open access Cell Dynamics Analysis System (CellDAS) for automating sub-cellular particle motion estimation, tracking and mobility analysis. In using the CellDAS interface, undergraduates and graduates will have training in basic computer vision algorithms and biological data visualization and a developing understanding of specific biology problems.

Dr. Gao is an active mentor with the Society of Women Engineers and the Computer Science & Engineering Department’s annual high school Robot Programming Contest, inspiring women and high school students to pursue careers in science and engineering.