Saima Sultana Tithi

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My name is Saima Sultana Tithi. I am a 2nd 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 Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Evolutionary and Comparative Genomics, 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 DNA sequence alignment. DNA sequence alignment refers to the process of aligning reads (Short DNA Sequence) to the correct position of reference genome. One of the major research problems in Bioinformatics is aligning more reads with fewer errors. My research focus is on incorporating known SNPs (Single Nucleotide Mutations in DNA sequence) and Indels (insertions and deletions in DNA sequence) while aligning reads with the reference genome. By considering known SNPs and indels during the alignment, we can improve the accuracy of the alignment as well as we can increase the total number of mapped reads. 

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.