29 April 2011
Posted in DNA Day
Dr. Doreen Ware is a Computational Biologist in the Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, with an adjunct appointment as an associate professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. Dr. Ware earned a Ph.D. in Plant Biology, from The Ohio State University and a B.A. in Biochemistry from University of California, San Diego. When she’s not working, Dr. Ware enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, dancing, and relaxing at the beach.
Research in the Ware lab focuses on understanding genome organization and evolution, to characterize, track and ultimately identify DNA sequences associated with agronomically important traits. Her teamuses multi-disciplinary approaches that combine genetic, genomic and computational analysis. The research supports the implementation and development of bioinformatic tools and standards, including public websites, analysis methods and controlled vocabularies of general value to the broader genomic and agronomic communities.
The plant genomes studied include agronomically important grass genomes, as well as the model plant Arabidopsis. Grasses are responsible for a large part of the world's caloric intake, as either animal feed or human consumption, and more recently have become commodities for renewable energy production. Research in the Ware lab contributes to a foundation of knowledge for future agricultural security.