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Dennis Livesay
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Dr. Dennis Livesay received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000 and joined the chemistry faculty at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona immediately thereafter. He moved to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2006, where he was a Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics. He was founding director of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Ph.D. program and the Charlotte Research Scholars, two of the highest visibility programs at UNC Charlotte. Additionally, he held positions of Provost’s Faculty Fellow, Graduate Council Chair, and Interim Associate Dean. In 2016, Dr. Livesay became Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Vice President of Research and Technology Transfer at Wichita State University.

Dr. Livesay is an expert in the area of protein family sequence/structure/function relationships, especially as related to how physicochemical properties vary with evolutionary divergence. He has coauthored over 50 peer-reviewed journal papers in this area. He is the editor of a volume in the popular Methods in Molecular Biology book series on protein dynamics and has also edited a special issue of Current Opinion in Pharmacology on the subject. Prior to moving to Wichita, Dr. Livesay’s lab was continuously funded for over 16 years by external grants, primarily from the National Institutes of Health and MedImmune, a large biotech company. He has been a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Research Corporation, and the W.M. Keck Foundation, and he has served on the editorial board of seven journals, including BMC Bioinformatics and PLOS Computational Biology, which is the top journal in the discipline.