Sarkar, Neil, PhD

Director, Biomedical Informatics, University of Vermont

Dr. Sarkar is Director of Biomedical Informatics within the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. His research involves the development and use of a range of computational techniques (including novel knowledge gathering and discovery methods, phylogenetics, information theory, and natural language processing) in the study of the evolutionary history of infectious diseases and the biology of aging. Much of his research focuses on the integration of disparate knowledge sources through the use of ontology-based information retrieval methods and indexing technologies. Dr. Sarkar's work ultimately aims to integrate biomedical and biodiversity knowledge to facilitate the generation of comparative biology hypotheses that can be ultimately tested within a translational science framework. His current research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Previously, Dr. Sarkar has held scientific appointments at the Marine Biological Laboratory and the American Museum of Natural History.

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