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Vinhthuy Phan
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Phone: (901) 678-1535
Fax: (901) 678-2480
Office: 309 Dunn Hall

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2003 Ph.D. Stony Brook University, NY

Professional Experience

2003-2009 Assistant Professor, University of Memphis
2009 Associate Professor, University of Memphis

Research Interests

  • Bioinformatics: microarray analysis, design DNA sequences, highly accessible systems
  • Molecular computing: codeword design

Mailing address:
The University of Memphis
Department of Computer Science
Memphis, TN 38152

Recent advances in biotechnology have facilitated the simultaneous measurement of response of thousands of genes, and in effect enabled comparative studies that can identify which drugs are most effective and have fewest side effects at the genetic level. To obtain true response patterns of genes from these studies, researchers have often utilized a conservatively large number of samples for each treatment, increasing the cost significantly for studies with many drugs.

My project will develop new methods that elucidate the relationships between true patterns of gene response to treatments and sample size. The use of directed graphs to represent gene response patterns make it easier for researchers to distinguish and visualize subtle gene-expression differences resulting from similar drugs. Additional properties of these graphs are exploited to isolate false patterns from true ones, enabling accurate predictions of true patterns of gene response even in cases where there are few samples. Accurate prediction of true response patterns of genes further leads to accurate prediction of gene function.

The paper “A Randomized Algorithm for Aligning DNA Sequences to Reference Genomes”  by Nam S. Vo, Quang Tran, Nobal Niraula, and Vinhthuy Phan was accepted for presentation at the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Computational Advances in Bio and Medical Sciences (ICCABS), on June 12 – 14, 2013 in New Orleans, LA.  In addition to Quang Tran, a current Bioinformatics Program student, the other authors of the paper include Nam S. Vo,  a graduate of the Bioinformatics Program, and Dr. Vinthuy Phan an affiliate faculty in Bioinformatics and Associate Professor in Computer Science.

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