Who We Are

 

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Faculty Members

 

Liming Cai

Professor, Department of Computer Science and Institute of Bioinformatics

cai@cs.uga.edu



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

malmberg@uga.edu



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).

 

Robert Robinson

Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer Science

rwr@cs.uga.edu



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Graduate Students

 

Di Chang

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

changdi1991@uga.edu



Research Information:

My current research interests are in algorithms design for computational bioinformatics problems. In RNA-informatics, I mainly work on the project of 3D structure prediction from RNA sequence through backbone k-tree modeling and backbone k-tree algorithm optimization. Prior to my Ph.D study program at UGA, I has been awarded the M.S. degree in Digital Commutation at University of Bath, UK and B.S. degree of Engineering in Information Security at Wuhan University, China, focusing on algorithms design for audio digital watermarking and speech blind sources separation.

 

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.

 

Mohammad Mohebbi

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

mohebbi.m@gmail.com



Research Information:

My research interests are miRNA target prediction, miRNAs and their effect on cancers and tumors, RNA structure prediction, Graph Algorithms and Machine Learning. My novel approach for these problems is to combine Algorithms Design and Machine Learning to come up with solutions that not only have competitive performance but also have more biological insights. miRNA target prediction is a very important problem that yet not biologically well understood. While many Machine Learning models have been applied and statistically performed superior on this problem, not many could help to understand the real biological process of targeting. In my recent work, I work on developing an algorithm that use knowledge of biological process of targeting to improve performance and also to help biologists discovering unknown pathways of miRNA guiding.

In addition to research, I enjoy teaching and making a complex concept clear in easy steps for students to digest. I have been Instructor of Records for several courses such as Data Structure, Java programming and I have been Teaching Assistant for Algorithms, Graph Theory and Theory of Computation at The University of Georgia.

 

David Robinson

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



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Hongfei Yan

Research Assistant
MS Student, Department of Computer Science



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Undergraduate Students

 

Brodie Bohannon

Research Assistant
Undergraduate Student, Department of Computer Science



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Ricky Chaudhuri

Research Assistant
Undergraduate Student, Department of Computer Science



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Currently, I am implementing a backbone k-tree algorithm. I enjoy learning new algorithms and programming challenging problems.

 

Aaron Martinez

Research Assistant
Undergraduate Student, Department of Computer Science



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