Xiaole Liu a bioinformatics whiz helps analyze the human-genome map, writes Piper Fogg (The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 13, 2002). Ms. Liu studies at Peking University (1993-1994) transferred to Smith College and graduated summa com laude in 1997 with a B.A. in computer science and biochemistry. She went to Stanford University in 1997 for doctoral studies, majoring in biomedical informatics. Her doctoral thesis deals with transcription factor binding sites using computational statistics. She is now a post-doctoral fellow, Department of Statistics with Professor Jun S. Liu as her advisor.
Ms. Liu was invited to interview for 10 academic jobs, all but one of which were for faculty positions and attractive offers rolled in from Harvard, the University of California in San Francisco, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Piper Fogg writes. Commented on her achievements, Professor Russell B. Altman, an associate professor of genetics, medicine, and computer science at Stanford, "she understands the process of getting knowledge from the bench to the bedside very well, from an information point of view. So I think she's well-equipped for the rest of her career to identify important problems both in basic biology as well as in clinical medicine."