|Dr. Venkata Kiran Melapu is a Bioinformatician with insights into functional genomics and systems biology and currently serving as an assistant professor of Computer Science department at Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Melapus’ research is mainly focused on identification and validation of biomarkers for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. He is also involved in computational study and analysis of molecular markers associated with neurological disorders such as Huntington’s disease, Multiple Scelrosis, Tauopathies disorder and prion diseases. He is also interested and has expertise on applications of Monte Carlo simulations in protein structure prediction.
Dr. Melapu received his Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) in conjunction with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Little Rock, Arkansas. He did his postdoctoral research on DNA methylation studies at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He also received his master’s degree in Bioinformatics from UALR/UAMS, Little Rock, Arkansas. His bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology (B.Tech. Biotechnology) was from Acharaya Nagarjuna University, India.
He is teaching graduate courses in computer science at Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi. His present research at JSU include Big Neuroimaging data analysis and his collaboration with University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is established through a Vanguard Data mining and research center located at JSU. This serves as the source of translating BD2K (Big Data to Knowledge). He is serving in various academic committees and as a member in various graduate student’s master’s and PhD thesis committees. He has been an author and co-author of research papers in many journal publications as well as research proceedings.