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New Director for Bioinformatics

New Director for Bioinformatics

New Director for Bioinformatics

Dr. Catherine Putonti, Associate Professor, is the new director of Bioinformatics. Dr. Putonti joined Loyola in 2007 with a joint appointment in the departments of Biology and Computer Science. She holds a MS and a PhD in Computer Science as well as a MS in Biology from the University of Houston, and a BS in Computer Science from Loyola University New Orleans.  Her current research is in the area of computational evolutionary biology, blending molecular biology techniques and applied computer science. In particular, her research is focused on the investigation of the evolution of viruses and the role of viruses in the regulation of bacterial populations in the environment.  Dr. Putonti  received the Sujack award  in 2011 and in the same year was named a Distinguished LUROP Mentor through the Office of Experiential Learning.

Loyola University Chicago offers one of the few undergraduate programs in Bioinformatics across the nation and within this rigorous program, Dr. Putonti plans to further enhance the research experience for students by expanding opportunities beyond the campus.  She will look to hospitals, including Loyola’s own Maywood Center, and at other universities as potential sources.  This enrichment will continue to shape our Bioinformatics major.  We also want to thank Dr. Howard Laten for initiating and leading the Bioinformatics program, which continues to grow in popularity.