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Travis Wheeler

Travis is an Assosciate Professor in the Pharmacy Practice & Science Department at the University of Arizona. He’s been developing computational methods for addressing biological questions and data for more than 25 years, yet is regularly reminded by the talented folks in his lab that there is an awful lot he doesn’t know. Historically, his research has revolved around genomics data (sequence alignment, database search, phylogeny inferemce, annotation, …). These days, he also gets excited about projects in the domains of virtual drug discovery and computer vision for animal tracking and behavior classification.

Travis is also the Director of UAHS Bioinformatics Group.

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University of Arizona
    Department of Pharmacy Practice & Science
    Computer Science (Affiliate)
    School of Information (Affiliate)
    Statistics and Data Science Graduate Program (Affiliate)
    Applied Mathematics (Affiliate)
    Genetics Graduate Program (Affiliate)
    Bio5 (Affiliate)

LBNL / Joint Genome Institute (Affiliate)

University of Montana
    Department of Computer Science (Affiliate)
    Cellular, Molecular, and Microbial Biology (Affiliate)
    Biochemistry (Affiliate)


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BS, Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 1995
PhD, Computer Science, University of Arizona, 2009
Postdoc, Sean Eddy, HHMI, Janelia Research Campus, 2009-2014

Travis looking serious in front of images of a drug binding pocket
After noticing that his drug affinity visualization tool was wrong, Dr. Wheeler attempted to grab the molecule saying “Dang it, bind already!”.

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