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KNOXVILLE — Igor B. Jouline, associate professor of microbiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will be the final speaker for this season’s UT Pre-Game Faculty Showcase.

Jouline will use comic book characters to discuss “Cracking the Genetic Code: Computer-powered Solutions in Medicine, the Environment, Bio-energy and Agriculture” at noon Saturday, Nov. 17, in the University Center Ballroom.

Jouline also is a senior R&D staff member in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Computer Science and Mathematics Division.

The UT Pre-Game Faculty Showcase, now in its 18th year, is held two hours before every home football game. The College of Arts and Sciences selects a top faculty member for each presentation.

The programs are free and open to the public. Each program lasts 45 minutes and includes a question-and-answer session. Light refreshments are served, and door prizes including footballs and basketballs signed by UT coaches are awarded.

Jouline earned his doctorate in microbiology at St. Petersburg (Leningrad) State University. He served as a postdoctoral research associate at Oxford University and was a research assistant professor at Loma Linda University. He also was an assistant professor of bioinformatics and computational biology at the University of Georgia. He joined the UT faculty in 2005.

Jouline is the author of more than 50 refereed publications, and his article “Evolutionary Genomics Reveals Conserved Structural Determinants of Signaling and Adaptation in Microbial Chemoreceptors” was featured on the cover of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

He has presented his research at over 50 symposia and conferences in the U.S. and Europe. Jouline’s research has garnered more than $18 million in funding from such organizations as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.

Jouline stays very involved in the classroom by mentoring students and directing or sitting on more than 20 doctoral thesis committees.

The Pre-Game Faculty Showcase is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences with the support of the UT National Alumni Association and UT Athletics.


Elizabeth Davis, UT media relations, (865) 974-5179,