Benjamin J. Raphael Adjunct Associate Professor of Computer Science (Research)

Ben Raphael received a S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1996), and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego (2002). He then began an Alfred P. Sloan Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Molecular Biology at U.C. San Diego, where he worked with Pavel Pevzner. In 2005, he was awarded a Career Award at the Scientific Interface from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. In 2006, Prof. Raphael joined the faculty at Brown where he is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and a member of the Center for Computational Molecular Biology. Prof. Raphael's research focuses on the design of algorithms for biological problems. Recent interests include cancer genomics, structural variation in the human genome, and DNA sequencing technologies.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

research overview

My research focuses on the development and application of computational and mathematical methods for analyzing biological systems. Particular areas of interest include computational problems arising in comparative and regulatory genomics, cancer genomics, evolution, and genetics.

research statement

My research is at the interface between computer science, mathematics, and biology. I focus on developing and applying computational and mathematical methods to biological questions. Specific areas of interest are:
  • Cancer genomics, including algorithmic approaches to analyzing genomic alterations in cancer and reconstructing tumor genomes.
  • Comparative genomics, particularly analysis of genome rearrangements in evolution.
  • Biological sequence analysis, including problems in multiple sequence alignment, DNA motif finding, and human genetics.