Skums Receives NSF CAREER Award

Posted On March 30, 2021
Categories Faculty News

Assistant professor Pavel Skums has received a five-year, $500,000 award from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. A CAREER grant is NSF’s most prestigious award in support of faculty early in their careers. The program aims to support young faculty who show potential to make a lasting impact in research and education in science and engineering fields.

Dr. Skums intends to use the grant for research in the interdisciplinary field of genomic epidemiology. The past year and ongoing pandemic have demonstrated the need for rapid, cost-effective ways to fight viral epidemics. Genomic epidemiology aims to analyze and predict how viruses spread using large-scale viral genomes. However, work in the field involves many algorithmic challenges, several of which Dr. Skums will address in his research. Working closely with biologists and epidemiologists, he plans to develop cross-disciplinary techniques that address the fundamental computational problems of genomic epidemiology.

Prior to joining Georgia State in 2016, Dr. Skums was employed as a computational biologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, where his research was recognized by several awards. Dr. Skums earned an M.Sc. in mathematics and Ph.D. in computer science from Belarusian State University before serving as a lecturer there from 2007 to 2010. Dr. Skums’s research areas include computational biology, bioinformatics, and graph theory.

Dr. Skums is the seventh faculty member from the Department of Computer Science to receive an NSF CAREER award. The previous winners are Dr. Raheem Beyah (2009), Dr. Zhipeng Cai (2013), Dr. Xiaojun Cao (2006), Dr. Xiaolin Hu (2009), Dr. Yingshu Li (2006), and Dr. WenZhan Song (2010). Dr. Beyah is now Dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech. Dr. Song is the Georgia Power Mickey A. Brown Professor of Engineering and founding director of the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems at the University of Georgia.

Story by Ashlie Swanson