What impact can engineers have on theoretical medicine?


He says his aim is simple: “Attract engineers into theoretical medicine, where their expertise can improve the human condition.”

The source of that “simple aim” is Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Edward Dougherty, who resides and leads in a technological world that is anything but simple. In addition to his position at Texas A&M, he is also currently Director of the Computational Biology Division of the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix. For several years he was also an adjunct professor in either the Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology or the Department of Pathology at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Dougherty’s research focus is “genomic signal processing.” He is considered renowned in the field, as underscored by Texas A&M earlier this year awarding him “distinguished professor” designation, an honor based in part on reputations earned via assessments by others who are eminent in the specialized field nationally and internationally.