Biosketch

From May 2009, I work as director of the Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC) and Professor in the CEMSE Division at KAUST. Before that, I was a Professor of Bioinformatics, as well as Acting and 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 and comes from industry, academic and research institutions, including Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences in Serbia and Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) in Singapore. I extensively 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 South African National Research Chair (Tier 1) in Bioinformatics and Human Health. I served and still serve on the editorial boards of several international journals. In 2002, I was elected a role model of the Institute for Infocomm Research in Singapore. My graduate degree in electrical engineering and master’s degree in electrical engineering sciences I earned from the University of Belgrade in Serbia, followed by a doctorate of engineering sciences in electrical engineering from the University of Zagreb in Croatia.