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People in the News: Dec 17, 2010 (rev. 1)

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Davis McCarthy, a statistician who works in the bioinformatics division of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Australia, recently won a $150,000 scholarship from the General Sir John Monash Foundation that will be used to earn a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.

McCarthy plans to begin his studies in the statistics department at UC Berkeley next fall. He hopes to create methods that will help biologists make sense of DNA sequence data.

McCarthy has worked on using, adapting, and developing statistical methods for analyzing experimental data in molecular biology. His research focuses on developing methods for assessing differential signals in genome-scale data and developing software implementations of these methods for research use.

McCarthy received his BS and BA degrees from the University of Melbourne.

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