Current Members

Principal Investigator

  • Amarda Shehu [Curriculum Vitae]


    Professor in the Department of Computer Science
    Co-Director of Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnerships (CAHMP)
    Affiliate Appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and
    School of Systems Biology
    Equity Champion
    email: amarda{AT}gmu.edu
    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 Partnerships (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 140 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.

Postdoctoral Fellows

    We are currently looking for a postdoctoral fellow.

Ph.D. Students

  • Ahmed Bin Zaman

    Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science
    B.S. Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh
    2021 Distinguished Academic Achievement Award

    email: azaman6{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://mason.gmu.edu/~azaman6
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Toki Tahmid Tinan

    Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science
    B.Sc. Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), Dhaka, Bangladesh (2019)

    email: tinan{AT}gmu.edu
    web: https://mason.gmu.edu/~tinan
  • Yuanjie Lu

    Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science
    M.S. Computer Science, George Mason University (2021)
    Jiangxi Normal School (INTO Program)

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

    Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science
    M.S. Computer Science, George Mason University (2015)

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

Undergraduate Students

  • Melanie Gipson

    Undergraduate researcher (REU), Summer 2021
    Sophomore, Computer Science
    Georgia State University

  • Alex Felleson

    Undergraduate researcher (REU), Summer 2021
    Sophomore, Computer Science
    Kenyon College

  • Yuanqi Du

    Undergraduate researcher, Spring 2020 - Fall 2021
    Junior, Computer Science
    George Mason University

    email: ydu6@gmu.edu

High School Students

  • Vedant Vajre

    High-school researcher, Summer 2021
    Junior, Stone Bridge High School

  • Hai Lun Bin

    High-school researcher, Summer 2021
    Junior, Thomas Jefferson High School

  • Spencer Huang

    High-school researcher, Spring-Fall 2021
    Junior, BASIS Independent McLean

    email: spencerh724{AT}gmail.com

  • Alan Zhang

    High-school researcher, Summer-Fall 2020
    Rising senior, Thomas Jefferson High School

    email: allegrozhang{AT}yahoo.com