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Fereydoun Hormozdiari Receives Governor General's Gold Medal

June 15, 2012

Dr. Fereydoun Hormozdiari's research focused on the discovery of structural variation in human genomes, using high throughput sequencing technologies.

He has been the main developer of world renowned computational tools for genomics such as VariationHunter and CommonLaw. These algorithmic tools and programs are now used by many computational biologists and genomicists around the world, making his contributions to computational genomics world famous. His tools have been used in the structural variation detection efforts in the highly publicized 1000 Genomes Project; the first project to sequence the genomes of a large number of people, to provide a comprehensive resource on human genetic variation.

His most important contributions focused on high throughput genome sequencing applications, with particular emphasis to structural variation detection between individuals. This is of key importance towards making personalized genomics and personalized medicine — the holy grail of biomedical sciences — a reality.

As a further testament to his research accomplishments Dr. Hormozdiari has a truly impressive list of publications and awards. He has coauthored numerous papers in top publications, including Nature, Science, Nature Methods, Nature Genetics, RECOMB and ISMB. His work has been featured on CNN, BBC, ABC, FoxNews, and in Scientific American.

His CommonLaw Package appeared on the cover of Genome Research, one of the most prestigious journals in genomics and was featured as a breakthrough in Nature Biotech. His list of honors and awards is equally impressive, including a range of fellowships, travel and presentation awards and the prestigious NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship. 

Dr. Hormozdiari is a rising star in computational biology and genomics and a credit to the Canadian scientific community. He credits his supervisor, saying, "Dr. Cenk Sahinalp and his Lab for Computational Biology was instrumental in my success as a PhD student."

He is currently a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Evan Eichler, a Howard Hughes Medical Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, at the University of Washington in the Eichler Lab, one of the best known genomics labs in the world.

On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Hormozdiari on his outstanding achievements which are being recognized by his being awarded the Canadian Governor General's Gold Medal as SFU's most outstanding graduate student in Engineering/Medical Sciences/Natural Sciences.

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