University of Minnesota Twin Cities faculty member named Pew Biomedical Scholar

Frank Albert

Frank Albert, an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences, is one of 22 early-career researchers selected to join the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences.

As a 2019 Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences, Albert will receive four years of funding to undertake exploratory research with the potential to address pressing questions related to human health. Albert will investigate how genetic variations translate into the differences that make each individual unique.

Albert, a faculty member in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, studies how variations in genome sequences influence gene expression, cell biology and genetically complex traits. He combines experimental functional genomics, computational biology and statistical genetics to explore questions about the evolution of genomic diversity, as well as which differences in DNA are the most consequential for species.

“Frank Albert is doing truly exciting work at the intersection of genomics and computational biology with the potential to answer fundamental questions in genetics and genomics,” says Valery Forbes, dean of the College of Biological Sciences. “This investment in his research program will no doubt yield tremendous returns.”

Albert received his Ph.D. from the University of Leipzig, before completing postdoctoral work at Princeton University and the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 2016.


About the College of Biological Sciences
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