Faculty


Michael Waterman

University Professor, USC Associates Chair in Natural Sciences and Professor of Biological Sciences, Computer Science and Mathematics

Contact Information
E-mail: msw@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-2408
Office: RRI 403E

 

Education

  • M.S. , Michigan State University
  • Ph.D. , Michigan State University
  • B.S. , Oregon State University
  • M.S. , Oregon State University

  • Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Professor Waterman researches molecular sequence data using computational approaches. His work concentrates on the creation and application of mathematics, statistics and computer science to molecular biology, particularly to DNA, RNA, and protein sequence data. Professor Waterman is the co-developer of the Smith-Waterman algorithm for sequence comparison and of the Lander-Waterman formulas for physical mapping and sequencing.
    Research Specialties
    Computational Biology, Bioinformatics

    Honors and Awards

    • National Academy Member, Member, National Academy of Engineering (NAE), 2/9/2012-  
    • Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa, Tel Aviv University, 2011-  
    • Member, French Academy of Sciences, 2005-  
    • USC University Professor, 1998-  
    • American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow, 1995-  
    • USC Endowed Chair, USC Associates Chair in Natural Sciences, 10/1991-  
    • USC Presidential Medallion, 2008  
    • Gairdner Foundation International Award, 2002  
    • National Academy Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2001  
    • Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, 1995-1996  

    Service to the Profession


    Professional Memberships
    • Member, French Academy of Sciences, 2005-  
    • Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2001-  
    • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1995-  




  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • University of Southern California
  • Allan Hancock Foundation Building
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371