Background and Research Interests

Sumaiya Nazeen is a PhD student in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT. She is an active member of “Computation and Biology Group” led by Prof. Bonnie Berger and also serves as a remote associate member of Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Her research focuses on the development of computational models for the interpretation of genetic foundation of complex human diseases. Computational integration of large-scale functional and comparative genomics datasets, can provide insight into the disease-associated sequence variants and their likely molecular roles. Sumaiya’s research aims at designing better tools for furthering such insight. Sumaiya was awarded International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellowship in 2012 and Ludwig Center for Molecular Oncology Graduate Fellowship in 2015 for her research.

A native of Bangladesh, Sumaiya pursued her Bachelor’s degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and graduated summa cum laude receiving both Chancellor’s gold medal and Prime Minister’s gold medal. She completed her Master’s in Computer Science at MIT in 2014. Prior to coming to MIT, she served as a lecturer in the Department of CSE, BUET and taught a number of theory and sessional courses. She has a keen interest in music and enjoys travelling and reading.