Jason Moore, PhD Appointed to Third Century Chair
September 02, 2010
Jason H. Moore, PhD, an internationally renowned researcher in the fields of genetics and bioinformatics, has been appointed to the Third Century Professorship at Dartmouth Medical School (DMS).
The Trustees of Dartmouth College established the Third Century Chair to recognize excellence in teaching and scholarship, and to enable its holder to develop and implement major experiments in teaching and education.
A professor of genetics and of community and family medicine at DMS, Moore is the associate director for bioinformatics at Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and founder and director of several centers, including the DISCOVERY parallel-processing computing resource and DMS' Computational Genetics Laboratory at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). He focuses his research on predicting the risks to patients of contracting disease through the use of computers and statistical algorithms that identify combinations of variations in DNA sequences and combinations of environmental factors.
"The financial support from this chair will allow us to stay on the cutting edge of using computer science, statistics, and mathematics to advance human genetics research," Moore says.
Moore, who follows current Dartmouth-Hitchcock President James Weinstein, DO, into the professorship, is the principal investigator for several major research and training grants. Moore has worked closely with DMS' departments of Genetics and Community and Family Medicine to launch graduate and post-graduate training programs in quantitative biomedical sciences."
He has presented his findings at the invitation of many institutes and scientific gatherings, among them the recent Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics in Indiana and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Program in Computational Biology. He holds adjunct-faculty appointments at the University of Vermont, Brown University, and the University of New Hampshire.
He arrived at Dartmouth in 2004 from Vanderbilt University, where he was an associate professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, and the Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research. He earned his PhD in human genetics from the University of Michigan.
DMS Dean William R. Green, PhD, points out that an endowed chair is among the most important gifts to higher education, given to honor and recognize the distinction of superior faculty while providing invaluable financial support use in research, teaching or service activities.