Current Members


L. Cai   R. Malmberg   L. Ding   S. LaMarca   D. Lin

M. Mohebbi   J. Robertson   A. Samad   Y. Sun   X. Xue

 

 

Liming Cai

Professor, Department of Computer Science and Institute of Bioinformatics



Research Information:

My research interests are in algorithms and theories for computation-intensive problems, with applications in structural boinformatics and genomics. In RNA-informatics, I investigate various issues related to the prediction of non-coding RNA genes and structures.

 

Russell Malmberg

Professor, Departments of Plant Biology, Genetics, and Institute of Bioinformatics; Fellow, AAAS



Research Information:

My bioinformatics research interests are primarily in modeling and searching genomes for non-coding RNAs; secondarily I have some interests in the phylogenetic analysis of gene families. I also have a biology wetlab project studying pitcher plants (Sarracenia species).

 

Liang Ding

Teaching Assistant
Ph.D Student, Department of Computer Science

adamdingliang@gmail.com



Research Information:

My general research interests include bioinfomatics, design and analysis algorithm, and computational complexity.

 

Sal LaMarca

Teaching/Research Assistant
Ph.D Student, Department of Computer Science

slamarca@uga.edu



Research Information:

Currently, I am interested in applying artificial intelligence techniques to bioinformatics problems. In particular, I am working on GAMSA (Genetic Algorithm for Multiple Stem Alignment), which will be used to align and profile RNA stems that contain pseudoknots where some stems may not be present. I am also interested in using machine learning techniques to find genetic markers that are associated with certain phenotypes.

 

Deshen Lin

Research Assistant
MS Student, Department of Computer Science

lindeshen80@gmail.com



Research Information:

I'm interested in applying algorithms to bioinformatics problems, with current research focus on ncRNA tertiary structure profiling and search.

 

 

Mohammad Mohebbi

Research/Teaching Assistant
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Computer Science

mohebbi.m@gmail.com



Research Information:

I believe in open-minded thinking and coming up with a different approach. My current research is a 3D prediction of RNA structures. I am enthusiastic to challenge myself against this hard problem of bioinformatics in collaboration with this friendly group! I have an MS in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and my research interests in general are Bioinformatics, Data mining and AI. Before joining UGA, I have taught computer courses in some colleges and I fulfilled some Java/J2ME projects.

 

Joseph Robertson

Presidential Graduate Fellow
Ph.D Student, Institute of Bioinformatics

Josephr@uga.edu



Research Information:

My interests are fairly broad in regard to the application of computational methods to biological problems, but my current focus is on tools to help elucidate the structure and function of bio-molecules, and in particular, work on RNA and protein tools that utilize structural information. In addition, using some of the same techniques, looking for SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) markers for use in the detection of diseases. All these projects share the use of a graph to model relationships, and the use of tree-decomposition to limit time complexity.

 

Abdul Samad

Fulbright Graduate Fellow

Ph.D Student, Department of Computer Science

samad@uga.edu



Research Information:

Abdul Samad is interested in graph theory and algorithms with applications in solving biological and health problems. He is on the Fulbright Fellowship.

 

Ying Sun

Research Assistant
MS Student, Institute of Bioinformatics

sunfuhui at uga.edu



Research Information:

Recent high-throughput discovery of long ncRNAs has brought forward an enormous number of interesting questions. My current research interest focuses on using bioinformatics tools to study lncRNAs in cereals.

 

Xingran Xue

Research Assistant
Ph.D Student, Department of Computer Science

xrxue@uga.edu



Research Information:

RNA tertiary structure prediction and visualization, graph algorithms.