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Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, University of Toronto, Canada

Timothy R. Hughes is a Professor in at the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research at the University of Toronto.  He studied engineering and music at the University of Iowa, and received his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Baylor College of Medicine, working on telomere replication.  He did his postdoctoral work at Rosetta Inpharmatics (now Merck) working on microarray technology and its applications, including the development of ink-jet arrays now available from Agilent.  Since moving to Toronto in 2001, Dr. Hughes has been the recipient of a Canada Research Chair in Genome Biology, the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award, the Terry Fox Young Investigator award, and an HHMI foreign scholarship.  He has authored or co-authored over 150 manuscripts, and is a scholar of the Canadian Institutes For Advanced Research.  His laboratory works in gene regulation, systems biology, RNA processing, genome sequencing, and computational biology, and has a fundamental goal of understanding how the genome sequence is interpreted by the cell.