Graduate Students


Current Students

Name, Degree Thesis Expected Graduation
Erin Boggess, PhD, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology  Multivariate statistical analysis for NGS  
Jesse Walsh, PhD, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology  Biological pathway database analysis and links to genome-wide models  
Yao (Al) Fu, PhD, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology  Transcription factor activity discovery  
Divya Mistry, PhD, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; co-major Prof. Basil Nikolau.  Biological Network Analysis  
Candan Herdem, PhD, HCI  " Emotion detection using mobile devices"  December, 2013
Ruolin LiuRuolin Liu, PhD, Bioinformatics and Computational BiologyAlternative Splicing in Plant Systems
Recent Graduates
Ming Jia, PhD, CompE“Visualizing biological data in Google Earth”, August 2011
Now at Google.
Wengang Zhou, PhD, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; co-major Prof. Xun Gu.“Machine learning methods for omics data integration,” May 2010, now at Pioneer Hybrid, Senior Bioinformatics Specialist.May 2010
John Van Hemert, PhD, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; co-major Prof. Basil Nikolau.

  “Methods for Integrated Biochemical Pathway Analysis”, Degree granted, December 2010. Mr. Van Hemert has received the Grape Research Coordination Network Fellowship in 2009 to conduct research at the University of Padua, Italy, the Cornette Fellowship from the BCB program for a strong record of research, accomplishments, and the Iowa State University Research Excellence Award, 

Now at Pioneer Hybrid.

Decemb;er 2010
Preeti Bais,PhD, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; co-major Prof. Basil Nikolau. “Bioinformatics methods for metabolomics based biomarker detection in functional genomics studies”
Now at Stemina, Madison, WI.
December, 2011
David Kabala, PhD, CompEng

 “Developing virtual reality applications: The design and evaluation of virtual reality development tools for expert and novice users”,  now at Aecholon Technologies.

December 2011
Valerie Williams, MS, HCI
Matt Moscou, PhD, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

 Co-major Prof: Roger Wise

  “Deciphering the transcriptional regulation and response of barley to obligate fungal biotroph invasion,  now at The Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, United Kingdom. May 2010
Matt Studham, PhD, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

 Co-major Prof: Gustavo MacIntire

  August, 2010
Tian Xia, PhD, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Co-major Prof: Xun Gu  “Network Modeling in Systems Biology” May 2010
Rien Beal, MSEE A Low Voltage Rail-to-Rail Operational Amplifier with Constant Operation and Improved Process Robustness August 2009
Lisa McGarthwaite, MS HCI

MS Dissertation title:
BioN: a novel interface for biological network visualization


May 2008
  Yuting Yang PhD Comp Engineering “Interactive Visualization of Metabolic Networks using Virtual Reality” , now at Intel. January 06
Xiaopeng Fang PhD Mech. Eng

Co-major professor Jim Bernard

  March, 2006
Jo Etzel, PhD Computational Biology

Interdepartmental Major.
Co-major professor Ralph Adolphs

“Algorithms and Procedures to Analyze Physiological Signals in Psychophysiological Research,” now at University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands. March, 2006
  Pan Du, PhD EE, Computational Biology “Multi-scale genetic network inference based on time series gene expression profiles,” Won research excellence award. December, 2005
Zach Cox, MS EE “FCModeler: Fuzzy Analysis of Metabolic Networks” (pdf)

Now employed at Charles River Software, Boston MA

August, 2002
Christopher Kirk, MS CprE “Adaptive Fuzzy Intrusion Detection” December, 2002
  Bin Shao PhD Ag Eng/EE

Co-major professor:

Image processing system for thermal comfort in swine. Employed at Motorola. Graduated May 2004


Past Students - Masters Degrees

  1. 1. Klaus Zimmerman, MSEE, “Computational Complexity Reduction in Fractal Image Compression by Adaptive Codebook Clustering,” October 1996.
  2. John Bendle (co-major Professor with J. Vogel ), MSEE, “Fuzzy Control of an Automated Payload Return System,” May 1997.
  3. Jian Hong, MSEE, “Autonomous Star Identification Using Fuzzy Neural Logic Networks,” May 1998.
  4. Jeremy Eccles, MSEE, “An evolvable virtual ecosystem: Applying genetic algorithms, artificial neural networks, and fuzzy systems to virtual environments,” August 1998.
  5. Annie Lum, Masters EE, Thesis Title: “Intelligent Signal Processing Methods for Interference Suppression,” May 1999.
  6. Hemlata Ahir, MSEE, Thesis Title: “Simulation of a Wideband CDMA System,” May 2000.
  7. Lit Min Lee, MSCpE, Thesis Title: “Rapid correlated database generation for traffic simulation,” August 2000.
  8. Aaron Honecker, MSEE, Thesis Title: “Anomaly Intrusion Detection: a Distributed ARTMAP Neural Network Approach,” August 2001.
  9. Jayme Hero, MS Cpre, May 2004.
  10. Bernard Lwakabamba MS EE, December 2004.
  11. Eric Eekhoff MS EE,"Architectures for Wireless Sensor Networks", March 2004.
  12. Xiaoyuen Tang, MS Cpre, "BarleyExpress: A MIAME-enhanced database frontend," February, 2004.
  13. Jian Gong, MSEE, March 2005.

Past Students - Ph.D

  • Jong Bae Choi, Ph.D. EE, Thesis Title: “Data Fusion Using Expected Output Membership Functions,” August, 1999. Dr. Choi was awarded a travel scholarship to present his research at the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, in Anchorage, Alaska in 1998.
  • Seoyoung Lee, PhD EE, “Interference Suppression for DS/CDMA Systems in Non-Gaussian Impulsive Channels,” May 1998. Dr. Lee was awarded a travel scholarship to present his research at MILCOM, in Monterey, CA in 1997.



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