December 18, 2009

Nick Barton receives ERC Advanced Grant

Funded project aims to bridge biology and computer science

Barton Group

The European Research Council (ERC) has named Professor Nick Barton (seen above with members of his team) of the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria as one of the recipients of an ERC Advanced Grant for the year 2009. The title of the project is “Limits to Selection in Biology and in Evolutionary Computation”, and some components of the project will require new ideas drawn from the interface between population genetics and computer science. The awarded amount is 1.97 Million Euro to fund two PhD students and three postdoctoral researchers over a duration of five years. President Henzinger congratulated Professor Barton and expressed his satisfaction: “International awards like this one confirm our recruiting process.”

For more details see the press release. A picture of Nick Barton is available here