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NLM's Dr. Eugene V. Koonin Receives Honor as NIH Distinguished Investigator

November 22, 2019

Dr. Koonin

Eugene V. Koonin, Ph.D., senior investigator at the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM’s) National Center for Biotechnology Information, has been appointed an NIH Distinguished Investigator. This title is one of the highest honors NIH awards to its scientists and is reserved for NIH’s most preeminent Senior Investigators. The promotion, which only an estimated two to three percent of NIH scientists ever achieve, requires a special peer review and approval by the NIH director.

Dr. Koonin has established a record of career-high achievements and is a recognized expert in the field of evolutionary and computational biology. As head of NLM’s Evolutionary Genomics Research Group, Dr. Koonin has increased our understanding of the evolution of life through his use of existing and new methods of computational biology to perform research in areas such as the prediction of gene function and deciphering general evolutionary trends. His work has advanced the field of comparative genomics, providing many computational and experimental biologists a new avenue of access to enormous repositories of sequence data.

“Please join me in congratulating Dr. Koonin on this outstanding achievement,” said NLM Director, Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD.


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Last Reviewed: November 22, 2019