Alexander Bolshoy visited the MGSE as an ETT-Fellow from July to September 2015. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology and a member of the Institute of Evolution at the University of Haifa, Israel.
Prof. Bolshoy is interested in Computational Molecular Biology, Molecular Evolution, Structural Biology and Bioinformatics with the major goal to reveal the biological role of certain evolutionary preserved genomic patterns using statistical and other methods of sequence comparison. His main research topics include:
- evolution of noncoding DNA
- evolution of retroviruses
- chromatin organization
- genomic sequence repeats
Alexander Bolshoy is the author of the book "Genome Clustering: from linguistics models to classification of genetic texts", Springer-Verlag, 2010, and many scientific articles.
During his stay, Prof. Bolshoy gave a lecture on "Combinatorial Optimization Methods as Tools in Evolutionary Genomics of Prokaryotes" and organized a workshop on"Multiple DNA Codes".