Mihaela Pertea is an Assistant Professor at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Until mid 2011, she was an Assistant Research Scientist at the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park. From 2001 to 2005, Pertea was a Bioinformatics Scientist at the Institute for Genomic Research, Rockville, Md, USA. Pertea's research focus is on designing large-scale DNA sequence analysis tools, and, over the years, she has developed several complex software systems that integrate sophisticated machine learning techniques and statistical methods for elucidating eukaryotic gene structures. Her first gene finder, GlimmerM, was used to identify genes in Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria, a major reemerging disease throughout the world. Since then, she has developed several open-source software systems that address the eukaryotic gene-finding problem, including GeneSplicer—a splice site prediction program—and GlimmerHMM—a generalized hidden Markov model gene finder. Her research has also led to the creation of OperonDB—a large database of operons for all completed microbial genomes. Pertea received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Bucharest in Romania and her Ph.D. degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University.
Biography Updated on 4 September 2011