Loyola University Chicago



BS Bioinformatics Major wins National Undergrad Research Award

Senior Bioinformatics major Larry Kalesinskas was nominated for the Computing Research Association (CRA) Undergraduate Research Award. This award recognizes undergraduate students in North American universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research. Amongst a very impressive group of nominees, Larry was awarded an Honorable Mention. Larry has co-authored several scientific papers through his research work with both Drs. Mark Albert (Computer Science) and Catherine Putonti (Biology/Computer Science) including:

  • Price, T. K., Mehrtash, A., Kalesinskas, L., Malki, K., Hilt, E. E., Putonti, C., & Wolfe, A. J. (2016). Genome sequences and annotation of two urinary isolates of E. coli. Stand Genomic Sci, 11: 79.
  • Price, T. K., Shaheen, M., Kalesinskas, L., Malki, K., Hilt, E. E., Putonti, C., & Wolfe, A. J. (2016). Draft Genome Sequence for a urinary isolate of Lactobacillus crispatus. Genome Announc, 4: e01278-16.
  • Orendorff, E. E., Kalesinskas, L., Palumbo, R., & Albert, MV. (2016) Bayesian Analysis of Perceived Eye Level. Front Comput Neurosci. In Press.

Larry is a double major in Bioinformatics and Biology and minoring in Biostatistics and Computer Science. He plans to continue research in bioinformatics and is presently applying to PhD programs.


A list of the winners, runners-up, finalists, and honorable mentions appears below. Announcement of the awards will be posted on CRA's website (www.cra.org) later this month. In addition, the January 2017 issue of Computing Research Newswill include an article on the awards.