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Rahul Singh

Professor, Department of Computer Science
San Francisco State University, CA 94132

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I am a professor in the Department of Computer Science at San Francisco State University and professor (by affiliation) at the Center for Discovery and Innovation in Parasitic Diseases, University of California, San Diego. My technical interests are broadly in computation and data science as applied to human health and biomedicine. The primary thrusts of my current research activities are in developing algorithmic techniques and computational infrastructure to find cures for the neglected diseases of humankind and in computational epidemiology using social media as a novel information source.

I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota and the diplom in Computer Science, with excellence (summa cum laude), from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute. Prior to joining academia, I was the principal staff scientist (Imaging) at Scimagix Inc. Earlier I founded and headed the computational drug discovery department at Exelixis Inc. At Scimagix, I was the co-designer of the ProteinMine™ software which received the Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award. At Exelixis, algorithms and software developed by me and my team were used to build the companies drug discovery capabilities from scratch. These included algorithms for designing and building a 2 million compound library (one of the largest in the industry at that time), design of repositories for storing multifarious data from drug discovery, algorithms for data analysis, and predictive QSAR and ADME-PK modeling. Use of these computational techniques played a critical role in the discovery and development of multiple investigative drugs as well as the marketed cancer drugs Cabozantinib™ and Cobimetinib™.

I am fortunate to be part of two historic traditions within computer science research. My academic genealogy is:

PhD: (Takeo Kanade and Pradeep Khosla) Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos Rahul Singh

Diplom: Karl A. Krug Sergey A. Lebedev Anatoli G. Shigin Vadim A.Orlov Rahul Singh

Those interested in the history of science may also find my father’s academic genealogy intriguing.

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