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Dennis Livesay
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Dr. Dennis R. Livesay is Dean of the College of Engineering at Wichita State University. Dr. Livesay has broad expertise in the areas modeling and simulation, high performance computing, data analytics, bioinformatics, and protein engineering, and holds the rank of professor in both the chemistry and biomedical engineering departments. Prior to coming to Wichita in 2016, he was a founding member of the Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, “North Carolina’s urban research university.” There, he built and oversaw both the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Ph.D. program and the Charlotte Research Scholars, two of university’s highest visibility and most successful research programs. Dr. Livesay received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000. Immediately thereafter he joined the chemistry faculty at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, where he stayed through promotion and tenure before moving to Charlotte in 2006.

Dr. Livesay’s specific research expertise is in the area of protein family sequence/structure/function relationships, especially as related to how physicochemical properties vary with evolutionary divergence. During his research career, Dr. Livesay’s lab was continuously funded 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 has served on the editorial board of seven journals, including BMC Bioinformatics and PLOS Computational Biology, two of the top journals in the discipline.