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Shepherd professor receives faculty research development award

ISSUED: 4 May 2010
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd professor receives faculty research development award)

Shepherdstown, WV--Dr. Seung-yun Kim, Shepherd University assistant professor of computer information sciences, has received a $24,695 West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) Faculty Research Development Award for the funding of his proposal "Modeling, Verification and Simulation of Molecular Biology System Processes Using Petri nets." Dr. Kim will attend the WV-INBRE Summer Symposium in Morgantown on July 29 and present a poster on his proposal.

According to Dr. Kim, the unprecedented growth in the volume of molecular biological system processes data make it essential to integrate and organize the data into coherent descriptive and representative models. The structured modeling processes of complex systems are important for verification and understanding these systems, he says. Therefore, modeling the systems in terms of a Petri net gives better understanding and powerful analytical capabilities as the specific reactions and the order in which they need to be carried out are clearly stated.

After a literature review on topics related to the project, and consultation with the project's mentor Dr. Robert Warburton, Shepherd professor of biochemistry, Dr. Kim will conduct suitable molecular biology system processes (MBSPs) using three different types of Petri nets. Simulation of the processes will be completed to demonstrate reachability and boundedness of the proposed processes. Two undergraduate students will work on this research in conjunction with Dr. Kim.

According to Dr. Kim, the proposal of "Modeling, Verification and Simulation of Molecular Biology System Processes Using Petri nets" will increase awareness of Petri nets and their use in modeling biological systems; aid in understanding the sequential reactions of MBSPs; develop graphical and mathematical representations of MBSPs; provide undergraduate students with a blend of conceptual and theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience in the design and implantation of Petri nets; promote critical thinking and research skills in the participating students; and encourage the students to consider graduate studies in their respective fields.

This is the first time that Dr. Kim has applied to WV-INBRE. Dr. Warburton has received three prior WV-INBRE award grants, says Warren Calderone, director of foundation, corporate, and government relations at Shepherd.

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