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Peter Tonner

Undergraduate of Computer Science
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Burnett Honors College
University of Central Florida

Office: HEC 238 (building 116)

E-mail: ptonner ( at )

Current research group:Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Group
PI: Dr. Shaojie Zhang

Former research group: Synthetic Reality Lab
PI: Dr. Charles Hughes

Educational Background:

B.S., Computer Science, University of Central Florida, 2012

Research Interests:
Systems Biology, Computational Biology, and Bioinformatics, particularly:

  • Metabolic and Genetic Networks
  • Computational Transcriptomics
  • Metagenomics

  • Publications:

    1. P. Tonner, D. Zhi, S. Zhang, "Prevalent Expression of Ribosomal Protein Pseudogenes in Diverse Human Tissues". In preparation to submit to BMC Genomics
    2. D.P Mapes, P.Tonner & C.E. Hughes, "Geppetto: An Environment for the Efficient Control and Transmission of Digital Puppetry". Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 6774, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, 2011, 270-278.


    1. Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities Conference, 2012, "Transcriptomic Profiling of Ribosomal Protein Pseudogenes in Diverse Human Tissues" (Orlando, FL)
      • Received the Waters Corporation Poster Award
      • 2nd place - UCF Showcase of Undergraduate Reseach Excellence 2012
    2. LLNL Student Poster Symposium, 2011, "Distributed MILI Database Combining for XmiliCS" (Livermore, CA)
    3. Showcase of Undergraduate Research, 2010, 2011, 2012, (Orlando, FL)


    1. ABRF 2012 Waters Poster Award, 2012 (Waters Corporation & ABRF)
    2. NCMR Scholarship, 2010 (National Consortium for MASINT Research)
    3. Innovation through Institutional Integration Scholar, 2010 (NSF)
    4. Honors Student, 2008 - 2012 (UCF Burnett Honors College)
    5. President's Honor Roll, 2009, 2011 (UCF)
    6. Dean's List, 2008, 2010, 2012 (UCF)