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Overview

My research spans two areas: Personalized Medicine and Computational Structural Biology.


Personalized Medicine

My group uses a combination of Machine Learning and Mechanistic Modeling (ODEs, Agent Based Models) to built predictive models for individual patients. This research is in collaboration with David Whitcomb, MD Ph.D, Randy Brand, MD, Geogios Papachrisou, MD. We focus on diseases of the pancreas, including:
  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Diabetes

Computational Structural Biology

My group has developed a number of computational methods, primarily built on probabilistic graphical models for simulating and designing molecules. Our current work focuses on:
  • non-parametric graphical models of protein dynamics
  • graphical models of allosteric regulation
  • graphical models for simulating the emergence of drug resistance-causing mutations
  • graphical models for designing resistance-evading drugs

Current Students

Narges Sharif Razavian, Ph.D. candidate, Language Technology Institute

Subhodeep Moitra, Ph.D. candidate, Language Technology Institute

 

Alumni

Sunguk Choi, M.S.Computational Biology, 2013

Jiayue (Amy) Li , B.S. Computational Biology, 2013 (now a Ph.D student at Boston University)

Yue Yu , M.S. Computational Biology, 2012

Hetu Kamisetty, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science, 2011, Post-doc in David Baker’s Lab (2011)

Xin Gao, Ph.D., Post-doc, 2010, Currently an assistant professor of computer science at KAUST

Sumit Jha, Ph.D. Department of Computer Science, 2010, Currently an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Central Florida

James Dang, M.S., Computational Biology, 2010

Vardhan Dharnidharka, M.S., Computational Biology , 2010

Rupinder P. Khandpur,  M.S., Computational Biology, 2010

K. Arun: Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences , 2007

Aly Azeem Khan: M.S., Computational Biology, 2005. Currently a research fellow at U. Chicago

Ka-Young An:  M.S., Computational Biology, 2005. Currently a Ph.D. student at the New Jersey Institute of Technology

Tal Blum: M.S. Language Technology Institute, 2005.

Ruben Valas: B.S. Department of Computer Science. Currently a Ph.D. student at UCSD