Title: Professor of Bioinformatics
Company: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
David Ussery, Professor of Bioinformatics at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in instruction in biological data.
Since 2016, Dr. Ussery has provided superior education as a professor in the Department of BioMedical Informatics at the University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas; he is also the Director of the Arkansas Center for Genomic Epidemiology & Medicine (ArC-GEM). He has been working with bioinformatic analysis of bacterial genomes since the first sequence was published in 1995. He lives his life vicariously through his PhD students. Most of his papers have PhD students as first authors; he has published five papers that have been cited more than a thousand times, and more than a hundred papers that have been cited at least 10 times in the past five years. Dr. Ussery teaches several graduate courses in the UAMS Department of BioMedical Informatics. More than 30 one-week “Comparative Genomics” workshops have been held in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. DU has collaborative projects with groups in the UK, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, and Spain as well as in the U.S.
After initially obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry in 1982 from William Jewell College in in Liberty, Missouri, Dr. Ussery followed with a Master of Science in biophysical chemistry in 1986 from the University of New Mexico. He continued his education with a Doctor of Philosophy in biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology in 1992 from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Dr. Ussery began his academic career as an assistant professor from 1997 to 1998 with, Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. He provided superior education as a comparative microbial genomics group leader from 1998 to 2015 with the Technical University of Denmark and Professor II with the University of Oslo, Norway from 2006 to 2011. Dr. Ussery flourished as comparative genomics group leader from 2013 to 2016 with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and as Professor II, with St. Olav’s Hospital and Trondheim University Hospital in Norway from 2012 to 2018.
Dr. Ussery credits Bill Merrifield, his chemistry teacher in high school, as his inspiration to enter academics. As a career highlight, he mentions a paper in Google Scholar that has been cited more than 4000 times done by two of his students. He also has five papers cited more than a thousand times. In the coming years, he is hoping for continued success in instruction in the field of biological data.