Dr. Fahad Saeed, assistant professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering, recently was awarded a research grant of US $418,533 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal of the funded research is to develop core algorithms (sets of rules in computerized solutions) and techniques to enable scalable, efficient and high-performance computing solutions for big mass spectrometry data-based proteomics.
Saeed’s research is expected to have a significant impact in systems biology research since the proposed techniques will allow scientists to perform much more complex and accurate proteomics analysis than was previously possible. The findings of such analysis can lead to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases with genetic predisposition such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and mental illness. The efficiency and portability of the proposed techniques will have seminal impact in precision and personal medicine.
Dr. Steve Carr, chair of the Department of Computer Science, said the grant obtained by Saeed is significant for Western Michigan University. “This award confirms that Dr. Saeed’s work is at the cutting edge of research in computing solutions for biological problems,” he said. “We are all proud of Dr. Saeed and feel very fortunate that he is having such a significant impact for WMU.”