Jan Mrázek, an assistant professor of microbiology and bioinformatics, has been selected by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities to receive a 2007 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award.
Mrázek was one of 30 researchers selected from 93 applicants for the award.
The ORAU award provides $5,000 that is matched by the awardee’s home institution, bringing the total award amount to $10,000. Mrázek will use the funds to design software and a Web-based user interface to help researchers find anomalies in the distribution of short DNA sequences in prokaryotes (microbes that lack nuclei).
ORAU is a consortium of 98 doctoral-granting colleges and universities and 13 associate institutions that promotes research alliances both among its members and with government agencies and private industry. ORAU also oversees the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department of Energy.