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Ben Raphael Promoted to Associate Professor

The Department of Computer Science is excited to announce the promotion of Ben Raphael to Associate Professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2011. “Ben’s promotion recognizes his extraordinary research work and excellent teaching,” said Department Chair Roberto Tamassia.

David Rand, Director of the CCMB added, "This is wonderful news. Ben's work is really at the forefront of several fields - computer science, evolutionary genomics and cancer biology - all of which are moving very rapidly. The CCMB and Brown are very fortunate to have him on the faculty, and I really look forward to working with him in the years ahead."

Ben joined Brown University in September 2006 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Center for Computational Molecular Biology. His research focuses on the design of algorithms for the interpretation of genomes. Current research in Ben’s group focuses on structural variation in human and cancer genomes, network analysis of somatic mutations in cancer, and next-generation DNA sequencing technologies. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Ben’s research is also supported by an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health and by a Career Award at the Scientific Interface from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Prior to joining the department, Ben was a postdoctoral fellow in Computer Science and Bioinformatics at the University of California, San Diego, and a recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship in Computational Molecular Biology from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Ben received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego in 2002 and a S.B. in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996.

“I am grateful to be a member of the Brown Computer Science Department,” said Ben. “One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is the opportunity to work with an extremely talented group of graduate students, postdocs, undergraduates and faculty collaborators -- both inside and outside the department. Our accomplishments thus far are only the beginning, and I am excited to continue our current research projects and to address new scientific challenges.”

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