Arjun P. Athreya

"In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity" -- Albert Einstein

About Me

I am a PhD candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and very fortunate to be advised by Prof. Ravishankar K. Iyer and Prof. Zbigniew Kalbarczyk. I am a member of the DEPEND group at the Coordinated Science Lab. My broad research interests are in data analytics and learning methods with a focus in healthcare and precision medicine initatives. I also have interestes in building reliable and secure systems, and networks in cyber-physical systems domain.

Our research has thorough biological and clinical validations through collaborations and mentoring from:

As a Fellow of CompGen and the Mayo-Illinois Alliance, I have developed an analyses framework called Analytics and Machine Learning for Omics and Clinical Data (ALMOND). ALMOND jointly analyses omics, socio-demographic and longitduinal electronic health records data to generate actionable intelligence. This is a piece of knowledge with high confidence and accuracy which can be used to tailor diagnosis/therapeutic choices or inform candidates for laboratory experiments leading to discovery of novel biomarkers/disease biology. My work involves close collaboration with biologists, clinicians and surgeons, and comprises breadth in terms of disease and data types, and depth in terms of the analytics need to analyze a broad variety of data.

I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Alexander Clemm (Summer 2010) and Dr. Rajeev Koodli (Summer 2012 and 2013, now at Google) as a summer research intern at Cisco Systems, Inc.

Prior to joining Univ. Illinois in Spring 2014, I obtained my MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of Prof. James Bain. As a research assistant, I collaborated with Prof. Patrick Tague and Prof. Bob Iannucci as a member of the Wireless Network and System Security Group. I was also a recipient of the Carnegie Institute of Technology Dean's Fellowship for my research assistantship.

Recent Update

Nov 2016: Our ASCPT submission recieves honors

Oct 2016: Our BDCAT paper with Dr. Ngiam, NUH and BIBM paper with Drs. Kalari, Wang and Weinshilboum accepted!

Sep 2016: Recieved the Early Investigator in Preicsion Medicine scholarship for IM'16

Aug 2016: DEPEND member Yogatheesan Varatharajah and I nominated for Technology-based Healthcare Research Fellowships from the Mayo-Illinois Alliance

Feb 2016: Best Student Talk Award at 2016 Coordinated Science Lab Student Conference

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