Faculty

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Dr. Md Tamjidul Hoque

Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., Monash University, Australia
  • Math 333
  • 504-280-2406
  • thoque@uno.edu

Dr. Hoque’s research interests include Protein Structure Prediction (PSP), focusing on disorder protein prediction, development of sampling algorithms, energy function, fold-recognition, binding-region prediction and Optimized Metabolic Network based Biofuel Production in Algae.

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Dr. Christopher Summa

Associate Professor

Dr. Summa’s interests include Protein Structure/Function Relationships, Protein Structure Prediction, and Protein Design and Engineering. His research focuses on technique development and applications in the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics, specifically: Macromolecular Structure Prediction and Refinement Large Scale Analysis of Known Macromolecule Structures De Novo Protein Design.


Graduate Research Assistants

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Chaitanya Anne

Chaitanya Anne is a Graduate Research Assistant working under Dr. Tamjidul Hoque. He is currently working on NASA project: “Data Analysis and Decision Support Using Advanced Text Analytics and Machine Learning” under the guidance of Dr Hoque. The objective of this project is to develop a set of automated tools that can assist NASA to manage and market NASA portfolio of intellectual properties (IP), and to enable easier discovery of relevant IP by users.

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Sumaiya Iqbal

Sumaiya Iqbal is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Computer Science at the University of New Orleans (UNO). She obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Before starting this Ph.D. program, she worked as a faculty of the Computer Science and Engineering department at BUET. She is currently working as a doctoral research assistant in the Bioinformatics and Machine Learning lab. Her prior research works include algorithms in bioinformatics, development, analysis and application of evolutionary algorithms, etc. Her current research work focuses on protein structure prediction, identification of protein disorder and its critical correspondence with human diseases, development of machine learning based predictive tools and efficient sampling algorithms to find optimal solutions of complex problems.

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Aaron Maus

Aaron is a Ph.D. student in the DENAS program at the University of New Orleans.

His previous work includes the analysis of energy functions, specifically exploring possible improvements for knowledge based Potentials of Mean Force. His current work focuses the structural determination of large protein complexes, in particular the gp160 envelope of HIV-1.

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Avdesh Mishra

Avdesh Mishra is a Ph.D. candidate for the Department of Computer Science at The University of New Orleans (UNO). He is a recipient of the Doctoral Award Scholarship by UNO. He currently researchers under the supervision of Dr. Tamjidul Hoque in the BioMaLL Lab. Prior to joining the lab, he worked as a software engineer for BitsCrafters an offshore software company. He completed his Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering from the Advanced College of Engineering and Management affiliated to Tribhuvan University.

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Denson Smith

Denson Smith is a graduate research assistant working under Dr. Hoque’s Lab. His reasearch focus is using machine learning to detect seamounts.


Undergraduate Research Assistants

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Pujan Pokhrel

Pujan Pokhrel is an undergrad Computer Science student at UNO with a concentration in Machine Learning and Bioinformatics. His field of interest is the use of various machine learning techniques for practical applications. His current field of research is the use of neural networks for protein structure prediction.


Past Lab Members

  • Dr. Trent Higgs (Ph.D.)
  • Dr. Mahmood A. Rashid (Ph.D.)
  • Md Nasrul Islam (M.S.)
  • Michael Cole
  • Hanhvy Bui
  • Kristen Krup
  • Eric Morales
  • Austin Ada Orgah
  • Kapil Pothakanoori
  • Arjun Sharma
  • David Brooks

Past Undergraduate Research Assistants