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People in the News: Ravi Barabote, Sweta Sharma, and Ammar Naqvi


The University of Arkansas has selected Ravi Barabote, an assistant professor of biological sciences, to be the inaugural holder of its 21st Century Chair in Bioinformatics.

Barabote’s research combines microbial genomics, bioinformatics, and experimental molecular biology to understand various aspects of microbial physiology. He currently focuses on bioenergy and biofuel applications.

Barabote obtained his bachelor's in genetics from Nizam College and a master's in biotechnology from Madurai Kamaraj University in India. He then got his doctorate in biology from Texas Tech University.

Sweta Sharma and Ammar Naqvi — students in the computational and integrative biology doctoral program at Rutgers University, Camden — have been awarded the Rutgers Presidential Fellowship.

Sharma has worked on genetic factors associated with liver disease. She is also involved in a research project that uses the University of Connecticut’s virtual cell software to model a signaling network that’s important in synaptic plasticity. At Rutgers Camden, she plans on studying disease and cellular mechanisms through a systems biology perspective.

Naqvi has published research in PLoS Pathogens, Current Biology, and Genome Research. He was also been involved in a research project involving microRNA processing and biogenesis.

The students will each receive a $35,000 stipend plus tuition and fee reimbursement.

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