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. She is also Co-Director of the Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnership (CAHMP), a Transdisciplinary Center for Advanced Study 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. Shehu currently serves as Program Director of III at the National Science Foundation.

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
    2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Award

    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 Tadepalli

    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
    Co-advised with David Lattanzi, Civil Engineering
  • Zahra Rajabi

    Ph.D. student in the Department of Information Science and Technology
    M.S. Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
    B.S. Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

    email: zrajabi{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://mason.gmu.edu/~zrajab
    Co-advised with Hemant Purohit, Information Science and Technology
  • 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
  • Fardina Alam

    Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science
    B.Sc. Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), Dhaka, Bangladesh (2015)

    email: falam5{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://mason.gmu.edu/~falam5
  • Megan Herceg

    Ph.D. student in the School of Systems Biology, George Mason University
    B.Sc. Nutrition and Food Science: Dietetics. University of Maryland, College Park.
    email: mherceg{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://binf.gmu.edu/~mherceg/web/mypage.html
  • Yiyang Lian

    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

  • Yuanjie Lu

    M.S. student in the Department of Computer Science
    Jiangxi Normal School (INTO Program)

    email: ylu22{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://mason.gmu.edu/~ylu22

Undergraduate Students

  • Carlos Guerra

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

    email: cguerra5@gmu.edu

High School Students

  • Demian Yutin

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

    email: demyutin{AT}gmail.com