The July 2015 issue of Science features an article titled “Journeying back in time with ancient DNA” which discusses different types of DNA research being carried out by today’s scientists. One of the featured researchers is Prof. Sriram Sankararaman, who joined the Computer Science Department just this year. Sriram discusses his work—developing methods to extract meaning from the increasing amount of genetic data, ancient and modern—and describes how, as an undergraduate intern at IBM Research before moving on to his Ph.D. in computer science at UC Berkeley, he first became interested in the the field of bioinformatics. At UCLA Sriram plans to use both ancient and modern sequences to investigate population genetics and evolution.

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