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  Faculty Profile  Faculty ProfileLast Modified Time: 07:32:11 PM Sat, 12 Sep 2015 
 Rajeev K. Azad
 Contact Information
Rajeev K. Azad
Assistant Professor-Biological Sciences, Assistant Professor-Mathematics
Contact address   1155 Union Circle #305220, Denton, Texas 76203-5017     Office LocationOffice: A316 LSC, 434 GAB, Lab: A363-364 LSC 
Email  Rajeev.Azad@unt.edu    Contact Number (940) 369-5078    Contact Number: (940) 565-4694   
toggle toggle  Professional Preparation
 Degree Major/Thesis/Dissertation Institution Year
Ph.D. Mathematical Modeling of Nonlinear Biological and Physical Systems Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 2002
M.Phil. Mathematical Modeling of Nonlinear Biological and Physical Systems Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 1998
toggle toggle Courses Taught By Semester --- Organized Classes will be uploaded from THECB Data file
SemesterSubjectCourse NumberSectionCourse NameCalculated Semester Credit HoursSyllabus 
Fall 2015MATH1680240Elementary Probability and Statistics Download Syllabus
Fall 2014MATH4980001Experimental Course Download Syllabus
Fall 2014CSCE4810001BioComputing Download Syllabus
Fall 2014BIOL4810001BioComputing Download Syllabus
toggle toggle  Research and Expertise
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Gene prediction, Genomic structural variations, Disease gene identification
Genome evolution, Pathogenomics, Metagenomics
toggle toggle Appointments
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)RankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2011-PresentAssistant ProfessorBiological Sciences and MathematicsArts and SciencesUniversity of North Texas
2010-2011Research Assistant ProfessorElectrical Engineering and Computer ScienceCase School of EngineeringCase Western Reserve University
2007-2010Research Assistant ProfessorBiological SciencesArts and SciencesUniversity of Pittsburgh
2004-2007Research AssociateBiological SciencesArts and SciencesUniversity of Pittsburgh
2002-2004Postdoctoral FellowBiologyCollege of SciencesGeorgia Institute of Technology
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY)Percentage TeachingPercentage ResearchPercentage Service
toggle toggle Publications
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  YearPublication  Type
Bioinformatics approaches to deciphering alien gene transfer: a comprehensive analysis. Alien gene transfer in Crop Plants: Innovations, Methods and Risk Assessment, Vol I. Pratap, A. and Kumar, J. (Eds.) Springer Business and Science Media, USA
Azad RK, Mishra NK, Ahmed F, Kaundal R.
Book chapters
Detecting laterally transferred genes. Evolutionary genomics: statistical and computational methods. Anisimova, M. (ed.) Series on Methods in Mol Biol., Vol. 855, pp. 281-308, Springer .
Azad RK, Lawrence JG
Book chapters
Interpreting genomic data via entropic dissection. Nucleic Acids Research 2012; Advance Access published October 3, 2012; doi:10.1093/nar/gks917. Related Links: http://nar.oxfordjournals.org/content/41/1/e23.long
Azad RK, Li J.
Oxford University Press
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
Towards more robust methods of alien gene detection. Azad RK, Lawrence JG. Nucleic Acids Res . 2011 May;39(9):e56. Epub 2011 Feb 4. Related Links: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21297116
Oxford University Press
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
Detection of genomic islands via segmental genome heterogeneity. Arvey AJ, Azad RK, Raval A, Lawrence JG. Nucleic Acids Res . 2009 Sep;37(16):5255-66. Epub 2009 Jul 9. Related Links: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19589805
Oxford University Press
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
toggle toggle Lectures/Symposia
2012Genes, Genomes & Chimeras: Deciphering the mosaics through entropic measuresInvited seminar speakerCenter for Theoretical Evolutionary Genomics, University of California, Berkeley
2012In search of islands in genomic oceanInvited speakerBioinformatics Workshop on "Advancing bioinformatics to deciphering plant gene regulatory networks (GRNs)", Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK
2012Inferring lateral gene transfer using complementary bioinformatics approachesInvited seminar speakerDepartment of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston
2011Quantifying horizontal gene flow among prokaryotesInvited seminar speakerTexas Woman's University
2011Bioinformatics: Genes, Genomes and BeyondPhysics department colloquium guest speakerUniversity of North Texas
2010Information theoretic measures for inferring bacterial gene transferInvited plenary speakerWorkshop on Statistical Mechanics, Information Theory and Biophysics, La Falda, Cordoba, Argentina
2010Construction and use of artificial genomesInvited seminar speakerFaculty of Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics (FaMAF), Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Cordoba, Argentina
2010Deconstructing chimeric genomes via probabilistic measuresInvited "Bioinformatiocs Search Seminar" speakerUniversity of North Texas, and at several other places
2009A generalized information-theoretic framework for genomic island detectionInvited seminar speakerINSERM, Université Paris-Diderot, France
2009Horizontal gene transfer: Identifying donor clades using entropic clustering methodsInvited seminar speakerGenoscope, Evry, France
2009Horizontal gene transfer: Deciphering the mosaics using entropic measuresInvited seminar speakerUniversity of Valencia, Spain
2009Identifying genomic islands by deciphering segmental structure in bacterial genomesInvited seminar speakerUniversity of Malaga, Spain
2009Information-entropic segmental approaches to identifying genomic islandsInvited EECS department colloquium speakerCase Western Reserve University
2007Inferring lateral gene transfer: Use of probabilistic modelsSpecial seminarUniversity of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
2006Probabilistic approaches to assessing the horizontal gene flow among prokaryotesInvited seminar speakerKeck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, Claremont, CA
2005A chimeric artificial genome platform for assessing the parametric methods of horizontal gene transfer detectionInvited "Bioinformatics and Computational Biology" seminar speakerGeorgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
2005Construction and use of artificial genomes for assessing methods for lateral gene transfer detectionInvited participant6th Anton Dohrn Workshop “Evolutionary Genomics”, Naples, Italy
2004Generating chimeric genomes: A new perspective in evolutionary studiesResearch-in-progress seminar speakerUniversity of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2004Markov models and gene identificationInvited seminar speakerJawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
2003Can interpolation techniques of model training improve accuracy of gene identification?"Bioinformatics and Computational Biology" seminar speakerGeorgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
toggle toggle External Funding
 Performance PeriodTitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2010-2011Multi-point and multi-locus analysis of genomic association dataNational Institutes of Health, R01 LM008991 J. Li (PI) OtherCompleted
2006-2010Inferring the Roadmap of Bacterial Gene TransferNational Institutes of Health, R01 GM078092 J. Lawrence (PI) OtherCompleted
2011-PresentIdentification of Genomic Islands Using Information-Theoretic and Integrative MethodsNational Institutes of Health Principal InvestigatorPending
toggle toggle Intramural Funding
 Performance PeriodTitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2012Unraveling Microbial Communities using Novel Bioinformatics approaches: Taxonomic Profiling and Gene DiscoveryJunior Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, University of North Texas$5,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2011Detection of structural variants in tumor genomesJunior Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, University of North Texas$5,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
toggle toggle Peer Reviewer Activities
YearAgency/OrganizationField of Expertise
2011-2011-Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, Elsevier Science BV, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
2011-2011-The European Physical Journal B, Springer 
2011-2011-Infection, Genetics and Evolution, Elsevier Science BV, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
2010-2010 –DNA Research, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK 
2009-2009–IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, IEEE, Piscataway, USA 
2009-2009–PLoS Computational Biology, Public Library of Science, San Francisco, USA 
2008-2008–Mathematical Biosciences, Elsevier Science BV, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
2007-2007–Genetics, Genetics Society of America, Pittsburgh, USA 
2007-2007–Genome Research, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, New York, USA 
2005-2005-Bioinformatics, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK 
2003-2003 –Gene, Elsevier Science BV, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
2003-2003 –Nucleic Acids Research, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK 
toggle toggle Teaching
Fall: Advanced Topics in Computational Life Science, BIOL 6810-001, CSCE 6810-001, MATH 5700-001

Fall: Biocomputing, BIOL 4810.001 / BIOL 5005.008, CSCE 4810.001 / CSCE 5810.001, MATH

Spring: Quantitative & Computational Biology, BIOL 5005.007, MATH 6710.001, CSCE 5933.006

toggle toggle Mentoring/Advising
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Student NameClassificationTypeProject/Thesis/Dissertation
2012-PresentTanvi ShahTAMS StudentUndergraduate Research 
2011-PresentMiah Jn CharlesGraduate StudentGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
2011-PresentRavi Shanker PandeyGraduate StudentGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
toggle toggle Committees
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)CommitteePositionClassification
2011-PresentApplied Math qualifier exam committeeMember 
2011-2012Strategic Planning Committee, Math departmentMember 
2011Computational Life Sciences Search CommitteeMember 
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