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Bioinformatics and Machine Learning Laboratory (BML)

[Graduate Students] [Alumni] [Undergraduate Students] [Visiting Students/Scholars]

Principle Investigator

Dr. Jianlin Jack Cheng (chengji@missouri.edu)

Current PhD Students

  • Tianqi Wu (2017 - )
  • Chen (Chris) Chen (2017 - )
  • Zhiye Guo (2018 - )
  • Farhan Quadir (2018 - )
  • Xiao Chen (2019 - )
  • Raj Roy (2019 - )
  • Mariam Alshehri (2019 - )
  • Jian Liu (2020 - )
  • Elham Soltanikazemi (2020 - )
  • Alex Morehead (2020 - )
  • Ashwin Dhakal (2021 - )
  • Nabin Giri (2021 - )
  • Sajid Mahmud (2021 - )
  • Frimpong Boadu (2021 - )

  • Alumni

    Former PhD Graduates
  • Dr. Zheng Wang, 2008 - 2012, PhD in CS. Assistant Professor, University of Miami.
  • Dr. Jesse Eickholt, 2009 - 2013, PhD in CS, Associate Professor, Computer Science Department, Central Michigan University
  • Dr. Xin Deng , 2008 - 2013, PhD in CS. Data Scientist, Microsoft Corporation.
  • Dr. Jilong Li, 2011 - 2016, PhD in CS, Senior developer, Omics Software, North Carolina, USA.
  • Dr. Debswapna Bhattacharya, 2011 - 2016, PhD in CS, assistant professor, Auburn Univeristy
  • Dr. Renzhi Cao, 2011 - 2016, PhD in CS, assistant professor, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Dr. Badri Adhikari, 2012 - 2017, PhD in CS, assistant professor at Univeristy of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Dr. Tuan Anh Trieu, 2012 - 2017, PhD in CS, first job - postdoc at School of Medicine, Cornell University
  • Jie Hou, PhD in CS, 2014 - 2019. Next Job - Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Saint Louis University
  • Oluwatosin Oluwadare, PhD in CS, 2015 - 2019. Next Job - Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Calorado, Calorado Spring
  • Dr. Adil Al-Azzawi, 2017 - 2019, PhD in Computer Engineering. First job - postdoc, University of Missouri - Columbia:w
  • Meshal Alfarhood, 2017 - 2020, PhD in Computer Science. First job - Assistant Professor at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
  • Max Highsmith, 2018 - 2021, PhD in Computer Sience.


  • Former Master's Graduates and Postdocs
  • Vijender Koorella, 2014 - 2015, MS in CS, first job - Software Engineer at IBM
  • Dr. Taeho Jo, 2013 - 2014, postdoctoral fellow, from Tokyo Medical and Dental University, next job - postdoctoral fellow at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • Dr. Qi Qi, 2012 - 2013, postdoctoral fellow, from University of Missouri, Columbia, first permanent job - faculty at Hainan University, China.
  • Howard Luo, 2011 - 2013, MS in CS, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Andrew Wilson (from Truman State University), 2012 - 2013, MS in CS at MU, next job - Software Engneer with BJC Healthcare Company.
  • Sharif Ahmed (from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh), 2012 - 2014, MS in CS at MU, next job - Software Engineer in St. Louis.
  • Dr. Jianfeng He, 2010 - 2011, postdoctoral fellow, currently associate professor at Bejing Institute of Technology, China
  • Dr. Mingzhu Zhu, 2010 - 2012, postdoctoral fellow, next job - postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth College, USA
  • Mr. Mursaleen Ahmad, 2008 - 2010, MS in CS at MU, first job - software engineer at Epic Systems Corporation, Wisconsin
  • Angela Zhang, 2011, intern from Rock Bridge High School, admitted into the Computer Science Program at Carnegie Mellon University in 2012
  • Charles Shang, intern from Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, MO, summer, 2012. Won semifinalist of both 2013 Intel Science Talent Search and 2012 Siemens Science Talent Search. Admitted into the Computer Science Program at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in 2013.
  • Kishore Banala (from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India), 2013 - 2014, MS in CS. (fist job - engineer at Master's Card)
  • Zhiluo Gao (from Central South University, China), 2013 - 2014, MS in CS.
  • Xiaokai Qian (from East China University of Science and Technology, China), 2013 - 2015, MS in CS.
  • Lingfei Xu (from East China University of Science and Technology, China), 2013 - 2015, MS in CS.
  • Rajani Kanmanthareddy, MS in CS, 2015
  • Hannah Chen, Rock Bridge High School, intern, 2015. Won Siemens Semi-finalist. Admitted by both MIT and Caltech.
  • Alice Yang, High School Intern, 2015. Admitted by Stanford University.
  • Reed Zhang, High School Intern, 2015
  • Zhaolong Zhong (from Beijing Union University, China), MS in computer science, 2015
  • Kommidi Sai Ram (from Jawaharial Nehru Technological University, India), MS in computer science, 2015
  • Rui Xie (from Northeastern University, China), MS in computer science, 2015. Next position: software enginering at Carfax in Columbia, MO
  • Xiao Zhou (East China University of Science and Technology), MS in computer science, 2015.
  • Yuxiang Zhang, MS in computer science, May 2016
  • Tyler Banks, MS in computer science, May 2016
  • Yunhao Tang, MS in computer science, June, 2016. Next job - NetEasy in China
  • Pei Hu (from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China), MS in computer science, Dec., 2016
  • Tianshu Wei (2016 - 2017), MS in computer science, May 2017
  • Chuhan Wu (2018-2019), MS in computer science, Jan 2019. Next Job - engineer at Tencent, China
  • Yechan Hong (2018 - 2019), MS in computer science
  • Xiangyu Li (2019), MS in Computer Science

  • Undergraduate Students

  • Joy Adeyemo (2020 - )
  • Royal Sanders (2020 - )
  • Chloe Jones (2019 - )
  • Yongyu Deng (2019 - 2020)
  • Haofan Cui (2019 - 2020)
  • Julia Wopata (2017 - 2018)
  • Jackson Nowotny (2014 - 2016)
  • Ruixue Cheng (2014 - 2015)
  • Noelan Hensley (2015)
  • Avery Owen Wells (1/2013 - 2014)
  • Sarah Kang (2013 - 2014)
  • Pei Hu (2012 - 2013)
  • Jia Wang (2012)
  • Li Song (2011)
  • Jacob Carpenter (2010)
  • Jeffrey Hickman (2009)
  • Sherman D. Newsome (2009)

  • Visiting Students

  • Carlos Martinez Villar (2018 - 2020)
  • Anes Quadou (2017 - 2020)
  • Md Soliman (2016 - 2017)
  • Siva Kumari (2016 - 2017 )
  • Avery Wells, 2015
  • Puneet Gaddam, 2014
  • Hannah Wiedner, 2014, REU student from University of Miami
  • Nick Hunkins, 2014, REU student from University of Missouri - Colubmia
  • Chenfeng He, 2012 - 2013 (MU Informatics Institute)
  • Matt Spencer, (summer intern, University of Nebraska, 2012; MUII visiting student from 2012 - 2014)
  • Dhawal Nikam (MU Computer Science Department, 2012)
  • Cuong Nguyen, 2009 - 2011 (MU Plant Science)
  • Xingyan Kuang (MU Informatics Institute, 2011)
  • Allison N. Tegge, 2008 - 2010 (MU Informatics Institute)
  • Joshua Hecker (UCF, 2006-2007)
  • Jianyong Dai (UCF, 2006 - 2007), joined Yahoo! Cloud Computing Group
  • Adeel Bhutta (UCF, 2006 - 2007)

  • Visiting Scholars

  • Huimin Lu, Changchun University of Technology, China, 2016 - 2017
  • Haiou Li, Soochou University, China, 2015 - 2016.
  • Prof. Qing Ye, Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2015.
  • Prof. Yaoqun Xu, (from Harbin University of Business China), 2013
  • Prof. Shanshan Liu (from Northeast Agricultural University, China), 2011 - 2012
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