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Bob Friedman

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-0655
Office: EWS, Room 601
Resources: My Frontiers profile page
Scopus profile page
Bob Friedman


  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Insect Genetics and Genomics
  • BioInformatics

Research Interests

Interests include biological informatics, immunogenetics, gene duplication, and models of DNA change. Currently working on an informatics project that relates to computational neuroscience, such as ways to associate the location and function of a neuron with its cellular structure. This involves development of databases, data processing, statistical analysis, and synthesis of knowledge between cellular and higher levels of neuronal organization in animals.

Selected Publications

Friedman R. 2019. Neuronal morphology and synapse count in the nematode worm. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. 13: 74. <Link>

B Feng, Y Lin, L Zhou, Y Guo, R Friedman, R Xia, F Hu, C Liu, J Tang. 2017. Reconstructing Yeasts Phylogenies and Ancestors from Whole Genome Data. Scientific Reports 7: 15209.

Gabriel MW, Matsui GY, Friedman R, Lovell CR. 2014. Optimization of Multilocus Sequence Analysis for Identification of Species in the Genus Vibrio. Appl Environ Microbiol 80: 5359-65.

Friedman R, Ely B. 2012. Codon usage methods for horizontal gene transfer detection generate an
abundance of false positive and false negative results. Current Microbiology 65: 639-42.

Luo H, Arndt W, Zhang Y, Shi G, Alekseyev MA, Tang J, Hughes AL, Friedman R. 2012.
Phylogenetic Analysis of Genome Rearrangements among Five Mammalian Orders. Mol Phylogenet
Evol 65: 871-82.

Friedman R. 2011. Genomic organization of the glutathione S-transferase family in insects. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 924-32.

Hughes AL, Friedman R. “Myths and Realities of Gene Duplication.” Evolution After Gene
Duplication. Eds. K. Dittmar and D. Liberles. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. 77-103.

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