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Rice University professor to speak at NMSU

Lydia E. Kavraki, a computer science professor at Rice University, will present a public lecture, "From Robots to Biomolecules: Designing Amazing New Medicines," at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in New Mexico State University's Science Hall Room 102.

Rice University professor Lydia Kavraki will present a public lecture on bioinformatics at New Mexico State University.

In the lecture Kavraki will discuss how recent advances in biology and medicine can combat disease by using computational techniques to understand and regulate critical functions of large biomolecules.

The lecture is part of a three-day series of seminars, lectures and meetings on robotics and bioinformatics from Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 hosted by the ADVANCE Program at NMSU. Kavraki also will present a research seminar, "Geometry and Robotics-Inspired Approaches in Structural Biology," at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, in Science Hall Room 107.

Kavraki's work in structural computational biology includes computer-assisted drug design and the large-scale functional annotation of proteins. In 2002 she was listed as one of the Top 100 Young Innovators in MIT Technology Review Magazine, and in 2004 she was inducted to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

For more information on the seminar and lecture, contact NMSU's ADVANCE Program Office at (505) 646-2583.