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Garrity, George

George Garrity

Professor
Sc.D., 1980, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
Postdoctoral, 1980, General Medical Research, USVA Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
Senior Research Microbiologist, 1981 - 1986, Natural Products Screening Program, Merck Research Laboratories, Rahway, NJ
Research Fellow, 1986 - 1989, Natural Products Screening Program, Merck Research Laboratories, Rahway, NJ
Senior Research Fellow, 1989 - 1996, Natural Products Screening Program, Merck Research Laboratories, Rahway, NJ

 garrity@msu.edu

Research interests

Bioinformatics and computational biology, ontologies for biological applications, algorithm development for the rapid classification and identification of microorganisms and microbial products, nomenclature and annotation, data visualization, and knowledge mining.

Current projects

NamesforLife is a project, a novel technology, and a University sponsored start-up business (NamesforLife, LLC) that arises from a long-term collaboration in electronic publishing with Catherine Lyons (Explicatrix, LLC., Edinburgh, UK). NamesforLife models the evolution of biological nomenclature and terminology, resolves instances of synonymy and homonymy, and provides a mapping to the underlying concepts that can be viewed in a temporal context. Through the use of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), our technology can make names or terms actionable, can provide a direct path through the literature, and link to a variety of data-bases and other contextually relevant services. NamesforLife can provide publishers and data providers with a unique opportunity to provide their end-users with a direct path to related content, based on a name or term, even if the name or term has changed over time. Equally important, NamesforLife technology can provide publishers and data providers with opportunities to further exploit the long-tail phenomenon associated with Internet distribution of content and identify new business opportunities outside their normal markets.

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