STAT Madness is an annual competition that selects the nation’s best biomedical research taking place at universities and research institutions. This year Stony Brook University Professor Ken Dill and colleagues have been selected as finalists in the competition for their research published in PNAS about a computational model that may explain the origins of life. STAT Madness operates similar to the NCAA March Madness basketball
tournament where winners move through the brackets before the finalists face off. Professor Dill’s research will be placed in a voting bracket of 64 at the start of the competition. Your voting determines a winner! Stony Brook faculty, students, staff, alumni and other fans can vote for this research starting February 26 at midnight (ET) until the end of March 1 at 11:59 PM (EST).
To vote, just click onto this STAT Madness Bracket Contest Page and select Stony Brook in the bracket of 64. The page will be updated on February 26.
Continue to cast your vote with each round of brackets if Stony Brook moves through the rounds. The championship round finishes on March 30, at 5 PM (ET). To see the full schedule of rounds click here and scroll down. To sign up for contest e-mail alerts, including when rounds of voting start, click here.
More about Ken Dill and the Research Selected for STAT Madness
Ken Dill is a Distinguished Professor at Stony Brook University and Director of the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology. His research centers on protein folding and theoretical modeling of biological cells. For more about his research and the focus of his laboratory, see this link to an accompanying mini bio and video link. The specific research selected for the STAT Madness competition is detailed in this 2017 PNAS paper.