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June 25: Bioinformatics symposium at Hood

FREDERICK, Md.—An accomplished researcher working toward a cure for HIV will speak at a symposium on bioinformatics June 25 at Hood College.

Mary Kearney, Ph.D., will deliver the keynote address “Using Bioinformatics Tools to Develop Strategies Toward a Cure for HIV.” The symposium will celebrate the launch of the Hood College graduate school’s bioinformatics certificate program.

Bioinformatics, a discipline within the life sciences field, prepares students to manage, configure, manipulate, form, analyze and interpret vast quantities of data that is generated daily. The discipline brings together biology and computer science to save time in the processing of big data.

Kearney is the head of the translational research unit of the HIV dynamics and replications program at the National Cancer Institute. She oversees a team that investigates HIV issues and collaborates with research groups worldwide to perform studies on topics including HIV-host interactions and the evolution of drug-resistant variants.

The symposium will recognize Kearney’s published work in “Science,” the world’s leading journal of original scientific research, global news and commentary.

The event will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center and is free and open to the public. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

RSVP by June 23 to For more information, contact April Weed at or 301-696-3602.