Professor Judith Klein-Seetharaman to Keynote RMACC’s HPC Symposium

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Dr. Judith Klein-Seetharaman

BOULDER, CO, Feb. 8, 2023 – Dr. Judith Klein-Seetharaman, professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University, has been selected as a keynote speaker at the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium’s (RMACC) 13th annual High Performance Computing Symposium May 16-18 in Scottsdale, AZ.

The ASU Professor will speak on the topic: “Is glucose a pollutant? Are there natural anti-pollutants? Questions addressed from a high performance computing perspective.”

An NSF CAREER Award recipient and author of more than 150 papers, Dr. Klein-Seetharaman has earned numerous honors for her research efforts.  Among those are the FP7 People Funded Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship; the Sofya Kovalevskaya Award from the Humboldt Foundation; a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Award: and the Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award from the Biophysical Society for her “remarkable work in computational biology embracing the full spectrum of experimental biophysics.”

Her current research combines computational and experimental studies of protein structure, dynamics and function with particular emphasis on membrane proteins and natively unfolded proteins.  She currently works on harnessing the data revolution to extrapolate from studies of human health to coral health as a result of an NSF ideas lab that brings together collaborators from computer science, bioengineering and coral biology.    She was the founding co-director of the NSF-funded Center for Biological Language Modeling at Carnegie Mellon University and The University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Klein-Seetharaman earned her PhD with late Nobel Laureate Har Gobind Khorana at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focusing on conformational changes and folding in the G protein coupled receptor, rhodopsin. She holds dual undergraduate degrees in Biology and in Chemistry from the University of Cologne, Germany.

The RMACC’s multi-track Symposium brings together faculty, researchers, industry leaders and students, offering presentations from industry and educational leaders and a wide array of panel discussions and tutorials.   Several sessions are designed for students and newcomers to HPC, providing the opportunity to learn about HPC careers, according to Becky Yeager, the RMACC’s executive director and coordinator for the Symposium.

Registration will open in March and thanks to generous sponsor support, led this year by DDN, Panasas, Pure Storage and Globus, students can register at a greatly reduced rate.  Intel, Dell and HPE also have been longtime major sponsors for the RMACC Symposium and a Student Poster competition showcasing student research in HPC.