Department of Computer Science

Bioinformatics Classwork Leads to Journal Publication

An interdisciplinary collaboration has resulted in the paper "Common Features of microRNA Target Prediction Tools" being accepted for publication in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology section of Frontiers in Genetics.

The paper represents work begun in the Spring 2013 offering of the USM Bioinformatics class, cross-listed in the departments of Applied Medical Science, Biology, and Computer Science, and listed as part of the University of Maine Graduate Studies in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering program. USM students Sarah Peterson, Jeff Thompson, and Melanie Ufkin worked with Dr. Clare Bates Congdon to do additional research and honed their presentation over the summer and into the fall for the journal submission. The work also represents a collaboration with Maine Medical Center Research Institute researchers Dr. Liaw and Dr. Sathyanarayana.

An abstract of the paper is available on the Frontiers website at

USM student Jeff Thompson, graduating in May 2014, is one of 6 students to be accepted this year into the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program at Dartmouth.