RDI2 Professor Jaroslaw Zola Invited to Participate in Yearlong AAAS-FBI Project

Jaroslaw Zola, Associate Research Professor at the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, has been invited to participate in a yearlong project on Big Data in the Life Sciences and National Security by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy (CSTSP) and the Biological Countermeasures Unit of the WMD Directorate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A working group of experts in technology, science, and security will be collaborating to further the project’s goal of reviewing the current scientific and technological advancements in big data analytics, applications to different life science fields, and impact on national security.

Jaric’s interests cover various aspects of high performance computing and computational biology. He developed several popular bioinformatics tools including Parallel TCoffee, TINGe and CLOSET. In 2007, his work was recognized with the best paper award nomination during the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing conference. He is a founding co-chair of the Workshop on Parallel Computational Biology (PBC), a biennial event devoted to the latest research in high performance computational biology.