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Arvind Uppore Kukkillaya, PhD

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Division of Quantitative Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Research Interests

(i) Image Processing
(ii) Image Informatics (extracting quantitative phenotypes from cellular, tissue and radiology images)
(iii) Heterogeneous Data Integration (genomics, imaging and clinical data)
(iv) Data Mining (formalisms for representation and query of multi-modal molecular data)

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Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler
Unit Number: 1410
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: FCT4.6096
Phone: 713-794-1394
Fax: 713-563-4242

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2008 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI, PHD, IIDP (Electrical Engineering and Bioinformatics)
2007 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI, MA, Statistics
2003 University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, MSE, Communications, Networks and Systems
2001 RV College of Engineering, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India, BE, Distinction, Electronics and Communications Engineering


Academic Appointments

Lane Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 8/2008-6/2011

Honors and Awards

2008-2011 Lane Fellow in Computational Biology, Carnegie Mellon University
2008 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Professional Memberships

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, NJ
Member, 12/1998-present
International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB)
Member, 8/2010-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Rao A, States DJ, Hero AO, Engel JD. Understanding distal transcriptional regulation from sequence, expression and interactome perspectives. J Bioinform Comput Biol 8(2):219-46, 4/2010. PMID: 20401945.
2. Newberg JY, Li J, Rao A, Pontén F, Uhlén M, Lundberg E, Murphy RF. Automated Analysis of Human Protein Atlas Immunofluorescence Images. Proc IEEE Int Symp Biomed Imaging 5193229:1023-1026, 2009. PMCID: PMC2901900.
3. Buck TE, Rao A, Coelho LP, Fuhrman MH, Jarvik JW, Berget PB, Murphy RF. Cell cycle dependence of protein subcellular location inferred from static, asynchronous images. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2009:1016-9, 2009. PMCID: PMC2882094.
4. Rao A, Hero AO, States DJ, Engel JD. Using directed information to build biologically relevant influence networks. J Bioinform Comput Biol 6(3):493-519, 6/2008. PMID: 18574860.
5. Hasegawa SL, Moriguchi T, Rao A, Kuroha T, Engel JD, Lim KC. Dosage-dependent rescue of definitive nephrogenesis by a distant Gata3 enhancer. Dev Biol 301(2):568-77, 1/15/2007. e-Pub 9/22/2006. PMCID: PMC1858647.
6. Rao A, Hero AO, States DJ, Engel JD. Inferring time-varying network topologies from gene expression data. EURASIP J Bioinform Syst Biol:51947, 2007. PMCID: PMC3171343.
7. Rao A, Hero AO, States DJ, Engel JD. Motif discovery in tissue-specific regulatory sequences using directed information. EURASIP J Bioinform Syst Biol:13853, 2007. PMCID: PMC3171326.
8. Rao A, Hero AO, States DJ, Engel JD. Using directed information to build biologically relevant influence networks. Comput Syst Bioinformatics Conf 6:145-56, 2007. PMID: 17951820.
9. Moriguchi T, Takako N, Hamada M, Maeda A, Fujioka Y, Kuroha T, Huber RE, Hasegawa SL, Rao A, Yamamoto M, Takahashi S, Lim KC, Engel JD. Gata3 participates in a complex transcriptional feedback network to regulate sympathoadrenal differentiation. Development 133(19):3871-81, 10/2006. e-Pub 8/30/2006. PMID: 16943277.

Invited Articles

1. Rao A, Murphy RF. Determination of protein location diversity via analysis of immunohistochemical images from the Human Protein Atlas. IEEE International Symposium on Biological Imaging (ISBI), 3/2011.

Last updated: 7/22/2013