Russell Schwartz

Carnegie Mellon University


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Dr. Schwartz is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in June 2000 and subsequently did post-doctoral work in the MIT Biology Department before moving to Celera Genomics to work on projects related to the sequencing of the human genome. He joined the Biological Sciences Department at Carnegie Mellon in 2002, where he works on various problems in modeling, simulation, and algorithms for biological analysis. His research predominantly focuses on stochastic models and associated algorithms for simulating large self-assembly systems, algorithms for phylogenetics and genetic variation analysis, and on phylogenetic methods for the study of tumor evolution. For his research accomplishments, he received a 2004 NSF CAREER Award and 2005 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He is currently co-Director of the Carnegie Mellon/University of Pittsburgh Joint Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology, as well as one the directors of Carnegie Mellon's B.S. and M.S. programs in Computational Biology. Schwartz has developed or co-developed several courses on computational biology at the undergraduate and graduate levels and wrote the textbook Biological Modeling and Simulation, 2008 based on a course he developed at Carnegie Mellon.