October, 2022– The Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology is extremely delighted to welcome Amelia Harrison as our new Academic Advisor I.

As the Academic Advisor I, Amelia will serve as a resource for students about matters concerning degree requirements, curriculum options and academic policies in all stages of student progression through the Bioinformatics graduate programs. She will contribute directly to the education of CBCB students through course development and the creation of workshops and other training materials. Amelia will also assist with the Center’s educational recruiting and outreach activities, including development of outreach materials and organizing Center events.

Amelia has been with the CBCB and the Bioinformatics Core since 2020 and is transitioning from her old role as a bioinformatics trainer. Amelia will continue to provide students, staff, and faculty with bioinformatics and computational biology training as she takes on the additional responsibilities of academic advising and program support.

In addition to teaching and course development, Amelia also has over 7 years of experience in research. Her graduate research at UD focused on the role of the gene ribonucleotide reductase, which catalyzes the rate-limiting step of DNA synthesis, in marine viruses. Amelia’s study of RNRs in cyanophages (viruses that infect Cyanobacteria) proposed that viruses must simultaneously adapt to two habitats: the external environment (e.g. the ocean) and the interior of the host cell. She further hypothesizes that RNRs may be vital in connecting RNRs to the external environment, and therefore an important piece in understanding the ecology of marine viruses.

“We are excited to have Amelia join our Bioinformatics Data Science program and will rely on her expert scientific and educational knowledge to make an immediate impact on our academic programs.” says Dr. Karen Hoober, Associate Director of The Center of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

Building on her years of research and teaching experience, her institutional knowledge, and her passion for student success, Amelia will be a tremendous support to our interdisciplinary Bioinformatics graduate education and training programs to the next level. We are excited to welcome Amelia to our CBCB team!