Saima Sultana Tithi

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My name is Saima Sultana Tithi. I am a 4th year Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, USA. I received B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh on April, 2012.

My research interests include Computational Biology, Evolutionary and Comparative Genomics, Viral Metagenomics, Next Generation Sequencing. I have also worked on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Database. Currently, I am working in the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Lab of Virginia Tech under the guidance of Dr. Liqing Zhang.

Currently, I am working with Dr. Zhang on developing an automated pipeline to analyze viruses in large metagenomic datasets. Here we are focusing on developing an automated pipeline to correctly identify what viruses are present in a metagenomics dataset, quantify the abundance of viruses present in a dataset using statistical approaches, assemble the reads coming from viruses, generate draft viral genomes, and then annotate viral genes using machine learning.

In my undergraduate thesis, I have worked on spatio-temporal data from satellite images and 3D MRI data under the supervision of Dr. Mohammed Eunus Ali.

I am a passionate researcher always interested in learning, analyzing and researching new problems.