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Ilker Ersoy and Leona Rubin

Computer science graduate student Ilker Ersoy accepts MU’s 2015 Distinguished Dissertation Award and congratulations from Leona Rubin, associate vice chancellor for graduate studies.

Ilker Ersoy, who successfully defended his computer science dissertation in July 2014, was selected by the MU Office of Graduate Studies to receive the campus 2015 Distinguished Dissertation Award. He was recognized for his achievement at the Graduate Studies’ awards banquet on April 29.

Ersoy worked on “Image and Video Analysis Techniques for Cellular Microscopy” as a member of computer science Associate Professor Kannappan Palaniappan’s research group. Palaniappan said, given the level of research talent on the campus, Ersoy’s selection was quite remarkable — and well deserved.

“I view this award as the endorsement of the importance of interdisciplinary research between engineering and life sciences,” Ersoy said. “I believe computer scientists and engineers have great potential to contribute to life sciences and medicine-related research by providing computational methodologies to attack complex problems such as biochemical pathway simulations, drug discovery and cancer bioinformatics.”

Currently, Ersoy is a post-doctoral fellow in MU’s School of Medicine. He conducts research in pathology informatics with an emphasis on translational cancer bioinformatics and bioimage informatics.

“I plan to keep the focus of my research on this exciting junction of medicine and informatics and continue to contribute to the interdisciplinary research I enjoyed on the MU campus,” Ersoy said.

The award, accompanied by a $1,000 honorarium, was established to reward distinguished scholarship and research — original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.

Faculty from across the campus judged nominations.