This fall Mingfu Shao, a Lane Fellow in the Computational Biology Department at Carnegie Mellon University, will join Pennsylvania State University as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He will be co-hired by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, facilitating his interdisciplinary and collaborative research at the interface of computer science and biology. In recognition of his highly impactful work, Mingfu has been awarded the prestigious Charles K. Etner Career Development Professorship in Engineering at Penn State. Mingfu’s recent work as a Lane Fellow with CMU Associate Professor Carl Kingsford has been to design efficient algorithms for high-throughput gene expression analyses. He plans to continue his research on developing new, more efficient algorithms to solve challenging problems in biology in his new position.