UA Little Rock Professor Receives Grant of Nearly $444K


UA Little Rock Professor Receives Grant of Nearly $444K
Mary Yang (UA Little Rock)

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor has received a $443,854, three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Mary Yang, Ph.D., professor of information science and director of the Midsouth Bioinformatics Center at UA Little Rock, will use the grant to conduct research that will help doctors and scientists further understand how complex diseases evolve and develop in the body as well as how to identify effective drug targets.

The project, “Develop Novel Deep Learning and Combinatorial Optimization Methods to Identify Key Disease Regulatory Elements for Single-Cell Data,” will run through July 30, 2023.

In addition, it “will serve as a vehicle to equip undergraduate and graduate students with essential research skills and interdisciplinary knowledge and to stimulate the students’ ambition to pursue careers in biomedical science,” Yang said in a news release.

She will supervise undergraduate students from different disciplines as well as graduate students in the joint UA Little Rock-University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Bioinformatics program during this project.

Yang is also collaborating with Dr. Sherman Weissman, a professor of genetics at the Yale University School of Medicine, who will provide experimental validation of the research models created by her team.