Biosketch

From May 2009, I work as director of the Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC) and Professor in the Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia. Before that, I was a Professor of Bioinformatics, as well as Acting and then Deputy Director of the South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) at the University of the Western Cape, South Arica. My experience is gained across several countries (Serbia, South Africa, Singapore and Saudi Arabia) and comes from industry, academic, and research institutions, including Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences in Serbia and Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) in Singapore, where I was head of the Knowledge Extraction Laboratory. I published across several fields and designed many bioinformatics tools and resources. My work in modeling and artificial intelligence has resulted in several promoter recognition tools and a knowledge discovery platform that found commercial applications. More than 60 masters and doctoral students have graduated under my supervision. I am an elected member of the Academy of Nonlinear Sciences in Russia for the results in stability theory of singular differential systems. While in South Africa, I was a registered professional engineer. For my bioinformatics work, I was awarded the first DST/NRF South African Research Chair (Tier 1) in Bioinformatics and Human Health. I served and still serve on the editorial boards of several international journals (see Editorial activities). In 2002, I was elected a role model of the Institute for Infocomm Research in Singapore. I am on the Advisory Boards of the Swiss Innovation Valley AG and the BIG Data Center of the Chinese Academy of Science. My research interest is in developing intelligent bioinformatics systems to speed up discoveries in life sciences. I earned graduate (Dipl.Eng.) and master’s (M.S.) degrees in electrical engineering sciences from the University of Belgrade in Serbia, followed by a doctorate in engineering sciences (D.Eng.Sc.) in electrical engineering from the University of Zagreb in Croatia.