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The Carver Chair in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology was established in 2006 with a $2.5 million endowment from the Carver family: Lucille A. Carver of Muscatine, Iowa, who is the widow of Roy J. Carver Sr., who died in 1981; John and Marcia Carver of Rapids City, Ill.; Martin G. and Ruth A. Carver of Muscatine, Iowa; and Roy J. Carver Jr. of Bettendorf, Iowa. The Carver family is a long-time and very generous supporter of The University of Iowa, especially in the health sciences.This chair is a joint appointment in the UI Carver College of Medicine and the UI College of Engineering, the first time a UI-named, endowed chair has been shared by two colleges.It has been awarded to Thomas Casavant, Ph.D., professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering. Casavant directs the UI Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. The center develops computer-based approaches for accessing, interpreting and understanding genetic information as it applies to basic biological science and applied medical research. Among his research projects, Casavant and his colleagues are involved in studies of the molecular genetics of macular degeneration and glaucoma.
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