University Professor at USC
Michael Waterman holds an Endowed Associates Chair at USC. He came to USC in 1982 after positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Idaho State University. He has a bachelors in Mathematics from Oregon State University, and a Ph.D. in Statistics and Probability is from Michigan State University. He has held visiting positions at the University of Hawaii (1979-80), the University of California at San Francisco (1982), Mt. Sinai Medical School (1988), Chalmers University (2000), and in 2000-2001 he held the Aisenstadt Chair at University of Montreal.
Michael Waterman was named a Guggenheim Fellow (1995), elected to the American Academy of Art and Sciences (1995), elected to the National Academy of Sciences (2001) and to the National Academy of Engineering (2012). Also he is a Fellow of the following scientific organizations: American Association for the Advancement of Science(2001), Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics and International Society of Computational Biology(2009). In fall 2000 he became the first Fellow of Celera Genomics. In 2002 he received a Gairdner Foundation International Award and in 2005 he was elected to the French Académie des Sciences.
He is a founding editor
of Journal of Computational
Biology, is on the editorial board of seven journals, is the author of Introduction to Computational Biology:
Maps, Sequences and Genomes and is
a co-author of the text
Computational Genome Analysis: An Introduction.
Professor Waterman works in the area of Computational Biology, concentrating on the creation and application of mathematics, statistics and computer science to molecular biology, particularly to DNA, RNA and protein sequence data. He is the co-developer of the Smith-Waterman algorithm for sequence comparison and of the Lander-Waterman formula for physical mapping.
“Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution.”
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Smith, T.F. and Waterman, M.S., 1981, "Identification of common molecular subsequences," J. Mol. Biol., 147 195-197.
The Day I Met Temple Smith, chapter 4 from New Mexico Essay
Lander, E.S. and Waterman, M.S., 1988, "Genomic mapping by fingerprinting random clones:a mathematical analysis," Genomics, 2 231-239.