Committees

To provide management of specific areas, we have created six committees, each of which includes equal representation from Pitt and CMU. The members serve two- or three-year terms, rotating off in a staggered fashion to preserve continuity.

Committee Role Members
Curriculum Ensures that the curriculum of the training program remains current in terms of advances in modern computational biology.  The role of this committee is particularly important for our program, since computational biology is a rapidly evolving field. The members consist of representatives for each of the four specialization areas in addition to two student members. Approves courses for inclusion as specialization electives or life science electives. Michael Kleyman, Student
David Koes, Pitt, chair
Cong Ma, Student
Russell Schwartz, CMU, chair
Jianhua Xing, Pitt
Min Xu, CMU
Admissions Handles all matters related to the recruitment of new high-quality students, including the evaluation of applicants. Prompt and careful evaluation of the candidates is their priority, along with the identification of candidates to be interviewed, shortly after the application deadline.
Takis Benos, Pitt
Maria Chikina, Pitt
Jian Ma, CMU, Chair
Hosein Mohimani, CMU
Raghav Parta, Student Member
Natalie Sauerwald, Student Member
Marta Wells, Student Member
Bentley Wingert, Student Member

Jianhua Xing, Pitt Chair
Min Xu, CMU
Yang Yang, Student Member
Executive Functions as a “Board of Directors” for the CPCB to provide oversight and advice on program development and management.  This committee has 8 members, including the program directors. Ivet Bahar, Pitt
Ziv Bar-Joseph, CMU, Director
Carlos Camacho, Pitt
Nathan Clark, Pitt, Associate Director
James Faeder, Pitt, Director
Carl Kingsford, CMU, Associate Director
Robert F. Murphy, CMU
Russell Schwartz, CMU
Seminar Series Takis Benos, Pitt
Jian Ma, CMU
CPCB Course Committee (Journal Club/Student Seminar/Meta School)
Joseph Ayoob, Pitt
Maria Chikina, Pitt
Carl Kingsford, CMU

In addition to these specialized committees, all training faculty belong to, and participate in, the CPCB Program Faculty meetings held twice a year, at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters, and in an annual Program Retreat held off-site shortly after the arrival of each new class. The purpose of the Faculty meetings is the discussion of the programmatic issues brought about by the individual committees or other institutional developments, the evaluation of all students (discussed one by one), and the approval of the student evaluation letters that are to be sent to each student at the end of each semester.