Current Members

Principal Investigator

  • Amarda Shehu [Curriculum Vitae]

    Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science
    Affiliate Appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and
    School of Systems Biology
    Ph.D. Rice University 2008

    email: amarda{AT}cs.gmu.edu
    web: www.cs.gmu.edu/~ashehu
    Bio that can be used for talks:
    Dr. Amarda Shehu is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the Volgenau School of Engineering with affiliated appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and School of Systems Biology at George Mason University. Shehu obtained her Ph.D. from Rice University in 2008, where she was an NIH pre-doctoral fellow. Shehu's research focuses on novel algorithms in artificial intelligence and machine learning to bridge between computer and information science, engineering, and the life sciences. Research in her laboratory emphasizes problem solving, search, planning, optimization, and learning for the simulation, analysis, and characterization of complex dynamic systems operating in the presence of constraints. In particular, her laboratory has made many contributions in bioinformatics and computational biology regarding the relationship between macromolecular sequence, structure, dynamics, and function. Shehu has published over 110 technical papers with postdoctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and high-school students. She is currently the chair of the steering committee of the ACM/IEEE Journal on Transactions in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, where she is also an associate editor. Shehu is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, and her research is regularly supported by various NSF programs, including Information Integration and Informatics, Robust Intelligence, Computing Core Foundations, and Software Infrastructure, as well as various state and private research awards. Shehu is also the recipient of the 2018 Mason University Teaching Excellence Award, the 2014 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award, and the 2013 Mason OSCAR Undergraduate Mentor Excellence Award. She is particularly proud of awards recognizing research and scholarship by the undergraduate and high-school students she has mentored over the years.

Ph.D. Students

  • Nasrin Akhter

    Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science
    M.S. University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
    B.S. University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

    email: nakhter3{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://mason.gmu.edu/~nakhter3
  • Kazi Lutful Kabir

    Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science
    Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), Dhaka, Bangladesh

    email: kkabir{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://mason.gmu.edu/~kkabir
  • Sivani Depal

    Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science
    B.S. Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University, Hyderabad, India

    email: stadepal{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://mason.gmu.edu/~stadepal
  • Ahmed Bin Zaman

    Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science
    B.S. Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh

    email: azaman6{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://mason.gmu.edu/~azaman6
  • Parastoo Kamranfar

    Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science
    M.S. Azad University, Tehran, Iran
    B.S. Azad University, Tehran, Iran

    email: pkamranf{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://mason.gmu.edu/~pkamranf
  • Manpriya Dua

    Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science
    M.S. George Mason University (Fall 2016)
    B.Tech. Swami Keshvanand Institute of Technology, Rajasthan Technical University, India (2014)

    email: mdua{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://mason.gmu.edu/~mdua
  • Taseef Rahman

    Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science
    B.Sc. Islamic University of Technology, Bangladesh (2016)

    email: trahman2{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://mason.gmu.edu/~trahman2
  • Yiyang Lian

    Lab Rotation, Fall 2018
    Ph.D. student in the School of Systems Biology, George Mason University
    M.S. Statistics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
    B.S. Biological Engineering, Guangdong Ocean University, Zhanjiang, China
    email: ylian{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://binf.gmu.edu/~ylian/web/mypage.html

M.S. Students

  • Suma Dixit

    M.S. student in the Department of Computer Science
    B.Tech. PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore

    email: sdixit4{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://mason.gmu.edu/~sdixit4
  • Prasanna Venkatesh Parthasarathy

    M.S. student in the Department of Computer Science
    B.E. Anna University, Chennai, India

    email: ppartha{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://mason.gmu.edu/~ppartha
  • Snehal Sambare

    M.S. student in the School of Systems Biology
    B.E. in Computer Science from Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, Nagpur, India

    email: ssambare{AT}gmu.edu
    web: http://binf.gmu.edu/ssambare/web/mypage.html
  • Liban Hassan

    M.S. student in the Department of Computer Science
    B.S. George Mason University

    email: lhassan1{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://mason.gmu.edu/~lhassan1

Undergraduate Students

  • Carlos Guerra

    Undergraduate researcher, Spring 2019
    Senior, Computer Science
    George Mason University

    email: cguerra5@gmu.edu
  • Mansour Faragall

    Undergraduate researcher, Spring 2019
    Senior, Computer Science
    George Mason University

    email: Mfaragal@gmu.edu
  • Laura Alvarez

    Undergraduate researcher, Spring 2019
    Junior, Computer Science
    Carlos III University of Madrid

    email: lalvare9@gmu.edu
  • Cody Barrett

    Undergraduate researcher, Summer 2018
    Junior, Computer Science
    George Mason University

    email: cbarre15@gmu.edu
  • Bakr Marouf

    Undergraduate researcher, Summer 2018
    Junior, Bioenginering
    George Mason University

    email: bmarouf@gmu.edu
  • Michael Larrgent

    Undergraduate researcher, Summer and Fall 2018
    Sophomore, Computer Science
    Indiana Institute of Technology

    email: MCLargent01@indianatech.net

High School Students

  • Demian Yutin

    High-school researcher, Summer-Fall 2018
    Rising senior, Thomas Jefferson High School

    email: demyutin{AT}gmail.com