Md. Abul Hassan Samee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). As a member of the Computer Science Department Bioinformatics Group, Hassan is working to decode the gene regulatory network of complex organisms.
Gene regulation is one of the major forces that governs the versatility and adaptability of an organism. The creation of different cell types in multicellular organisms and the body patterning of complex organisms is largely driven by gene regulation. Haasan’s Ph.D. dissertation is focused on revealing the aspects of gene regulation that affect body patterning of fruit flies. He has developed a statistical thermodynamics-based model with which he was able to validate some of the known mechanisms of gene regulation and pose several new testable hypotheses. Using statistical analysis, machine learning and novel algorithmic techniques, Hassan is now incorporating additional complicated biological features in his thermodynamic model and trying to explain even deeper questions concerning gene regulation.
Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, prior to his selection for the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award, Hassan completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2006 and 2008, respectively. In addition to working on his dissertation, Hassan is currently serving as a reviewer for two leading computer science journals. Hassan is passionate about photography and hiking.