Electrical engineering Ph.D. student wins best student paper award from GENSIPS 2011

Sriram Sridharan, a graduate student in the Genomic Signal Processing (GSP) Laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, won the best student paper award from the IEEE International Workshop on Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics (GENSIPS 2011).Photo of Sriram Sridharan

Sridharan won the best student paper award for his paper, "Modelling Oxidative Stress Response Pathways."

In his paper Sridharan (along with his co-authors Ritwik Layek, Dr. Aniruddha Datta and Jijayanagaram Venkatraj) used available knowledge of oxidative stress response pathways to develop a Boolean network model whose simulated behavior is consistent with earlier experimental observations from the literature. Sridharan hopes that some of the additional predictions he made in his paper, such as those pertaining to the oscillatory behavior of certain genes in the presence of oxidative stress, will be experimentally validated in the near future.

Sridharan received the B.Tech. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Government Engineering College (Thrissur, India) and the M.Tech. degree in system engineering and operations research from the Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee (Roorkee, India). He currently is pursuing his Ph.D. degree at Texas A&M under Datta's supervision. Sridharan's current research interests include modeling of genetic regulatory networks and analyzing how their aberrant behavior could lead to cancer.

GENSIPS' 2011 provides a forum for researchers in the signal processing community, other related computational experts and biomedical scientists to exchange ideas and discuss signal processing challenges due to the high modality of disparate high-throughput data; high variability of data acquisition; high dimensionality of data; and high complexity of genomics and proteomics systems.