Prof. Milenkovic is highly passionate about and committed to increasing participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the field of computer science, through a number of outreach activities as well as via research supervision.


Lab photo as of summer 2020:



Previous lab photo (as of 2018); left to right: Khalique Newaz, Mahboobeh Ghalehnovi, Nicholas Botzer, Dr. Fatemeh Vahedian, Shawn Gu, Prof. Tijana Milenkovic, Dr. Joseph Crawford, Kendrea Beers, Jon Genty, Qi Li, Shikang Liu:



Previous lab photo (as of 2015 or so); left to right: Boyoung Yoo, Jennifer Long, Huili Chen, Prof. Tijana Milenkovic, Dr. Fazle Faisal, Dr. Yuriy Hulovatyy, Dr. Lei Meng, Dr. Vipin Vijayan, Dr. Joseph Crawford:

 
 

Director

Prof. Tijana Milenkovic

 

Current Ph.D. Students

Shawn Gu (June 2016–current; recipient of a Dean's fellowship, 2016-current; NetSci 2020 registration fellowship; ISMB 2020 registration fellowship; advanced to Ph.D. candidacy by defending his Ph.D. proposal titled "Novel computational approaches for multi-network analysis to improve across-species protein function prediction" in April 2020; member of the Graduate Student Board, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2018/2019; ISMB 2018 travel fellowship; honorable mention teaching assistant award, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2017)

Qi Li (January 2018–current; NetSci 2020 registration fellowship; ISMB 2020 registration fellowship; IEEE BIBM 2019 travel fellowship; GLBIO 2019 travel fellowship)

Khalique Newaz (August 2015–current; NetSci 2020 registration fellowship; ISMB 2020 registration fellowship; advanced to Ph.D. candidacy by defending his Ph.D. proposal titled "Novel network science approaches for deepening our understanding of protein folding and human aging" in May 2019)

Jacob Piland (August 2018–current; GLBIO 2019 travel fellowship)

Gabriel Wright (January 2018–current; co-supervised with Prof. Scott Emrich; recipient of a Schmitt Fellowship, 2016-current; First-Year Engineering Teaching Apprentice, 2019/2020; advanced to Ph.D. candidacy by defending his Ph.D. proposal titled "Computational analyses of codon usage bias and its effects on protein folding, function, and expression" in September 2019; honorable mention teaching assistant award, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2017)

 

Current Undergraduate Student Researchers

Elias Chahoud (January 2020–current; recipient of NSF REU funding, 2020)

Simran Moolchandaney (February 2021–current)

 

Former Postdoctoral Researchers

Fatemeh Vahedian (July 2018–June 2019; continued to work as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

 
 

Former Ph.D. Students

Joseph Crawford (Continued to work at Lowe's Home Improvement starting September 2019; defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled "Discovering important patterns across and within networks via network alignment and clustering" in May 2019; the Bank of New York Mellon internship in summer 2017; advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in May 2017; best poster award (2nd place) at the 2016 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference in Austin, TX; recipient of a Dean's fellowship; IEEE BIBM 2015, ACM BCB 2015, and ISMB 2014 travel fellowship)

Dr. Fazle Faisal (Continued to work at Microsoft starting August 2016; defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled "New network analysis approaches and their computational biology applications, with focus on dynamic network analysis and network comparison" in June 2016; selected among total of 100 students from the US to participate with travel fellowship in the NSF-sponsored Graduate Data Science Workshop, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, August 5-7, 2015; outstanding research assistant award, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2015; advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in May 2014; IBM research internship in summer 2014; ACM BCB 2013, ISMB 2014, ACM BCB 2014, and NetBio SIG at ISMB/ECCB 2015 travel fellowships)

Dr. Yuriy Hulovatyy (Continued to work at Facebook starting July 2016; defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled "Exploring structure and dynamics of complex networks: novel methods and interdisciplinary applications" in May 2016; outstanding research assistant award, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2016; Facebook internship in summer 2015; advanced to Ph.D. candidacy and gained M.Sc. degree under Prof. T. Milenkovic's supervision in December 2014; ISMB 2014 travel fellowship)

Dr. Lei Meng (Co-supervised with Prof. Aaron Striegel; continued to work at Google starting April 2016; defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled "Computational strategies for analyzing dynamic and heterogeneous networks and their interdisciplinary implications" in March 2016; advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in May 2014, Notre Dame's Graduate Student Union travel fellowship for ISMB/ECCB 2015)

Dr. Vipin Vijayan (Continued to work at Riverside Research starting December 2017; defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled "Novel algorithmic contributions and evaluation frameworks for network alignment with applications in computational biology" in March 2017; best poster winner, the 10th Annual Poster Contest, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame, November 2015; advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in August 2015; ISMB/ECCB 2017 travel fellowship)

 

Former M.Sc. Students

Mahboobeh Ghalehnovi (Defended her M.Sc. thesis titled "Novel computational approaches for network-based protein structural classification" in May 2019)

Shikang Liu (Defended his M.Sc. thesis titled "Heterogeneous network approach for analyzing NetHealth data: Linking individuals' social interaction, personality, physical health, and mental health data" in June 2019; PSB 2020 travel fellowship; Notre Dame's Graduate Student Union travel fellowship for NetSci 2018)

Famim Talukder (Graduated with a M.Sc. project in May 2019)

 

Former Undergraduate Student Researchers

Natalie Alvarez (January 2017–May 2018)

Kendrea Beers (May 2018–July 2018; recepient of NSF's Data Intensive Scientific Computing (DISC) REU program funding, summer 2018)

Erin Bradford (January 2016–May 2016)

Huili Chen (January 2013–December 2014; continued onto Ph.D. at MIT; recipient of the 2016 Steiner Award – the only winner in the Department; Tau Beta Pi Scholarship for 2015-2016; Reilly Scholar 2016 honoree; recipient of a Reilly Center Dual Degree Summer Research Scholarship, 2015, 2014, and 2013)

Dominic Critchlow (May 2016–July 2016; recepient of NSF's Data Intensive Scientific Computing (DISC) REU program funding, summer 2016)

Jon Genty (May 2018–July 2018; recepient of NSF's Data Intensive Scientific Computing (DISC) REU program funding, summer 2018)

Frank Gomulka (January 2020–November 2020; recipient of NSF REU funding, 2020)

Taryn Green (January 2012–May 2013; recipient of the 2014 Steiner Award – the only winner in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame; recipient of a Grace Hopper Conference 2013 Scholarship)

Casey Hanley (January 2014–May 2014)

John Johnson (January 2016–May 2018; recipient of the 2018 Steiner Award – one of only two winners in the Department, the other being Eric Krebs below)

Eric Krebs (January 2016–December 2016; recipient of the 2018 Steiner Award – one of only two winners in the Department, the other being John Johnson above; recipient of NSF REU supplemental funding, 2016)

Jennifer Long (January 2014 – December 2015)

Ryan Mackey (January 2016–May 2016; January 2017–May 2017)

Antwane Mason (August 2011–May 2012; continued onto Ph.D. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Ronan McCarter (January 2020–July 2020; recipient of NSF REU funding, 2020)

Kimberly Orr (May 2017–July 2017; recepient of NSF's Data Intensive Scientific Computing (DISC) REU program funding, summer 2017)

Vikram Saraph (August 2011–May 2013; continued onto Ph.D. at Brown University; honors senior thesis under Milenkovic's supervision, May 2013; recipient of a UPE Scholarship; ISMB 2014 travel fellowship)

Ryan Solava (January 2011–May 2012; continued onto Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University; recipient of a Notebaert Premier Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame)

Yihan Sun (Continued onto Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University; iSure Program between University of Notre Dame and Tsinghua University, summer 2013)

Nicholas Taylor (January 2012–December 2012)

Jonathan Xu (January 2017–May 2017)

Boyoung Yoo (January 2013–May 2015; continued onto Ph.D. at Stanford University; faculty choice award, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame; recipient of NSF REU supplemental funding, 2014 and 2013; ACM BCB 2014 travel fellowship)

Hind Zahour (May 2020–July 2020; recipient of a Reilly undergraduate research fellowship, University of Notre Dame, 2020; recipient of NSF REU funding, 2020)

Han Zhao (Continued onto Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University; iSure Program between University of Notre Dame and Tsinghua University, summer 2012)

 

Former High School Student Researchers

Hannah Kovac (June 2019-August 2019)