pradipta ray


Hello, I am Pradipta Ranjan Ray, a research scientist at The University of Texas at Dallas. I work as part of the multidisciplinary Pain Neurobiology Research Group leading computational neurogenomics projects, and am currently mentored by Theodore Price. I also work closely with Gregory Dussor, Michael Q. Zhang and Zachary Campbell. I am a computer scientist by training, specializing in machine learning. My interests lie in using cutting-edge machine learning approaches for modelling regulatory processes (from transcriptional through post-translational) encoded in the genome and epigenome, understanding how these processes evolve using theoretical models of sequence evolution and natural selection, and understanding the impact of such regulatory evolution on function, disease and treatment, and their interplay.

I trained as a Ph.D. student at the Language Technologies Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon. I was advised by Eric Xing (in the SAILING Lab) and Veronica Hinman (in the DREEMs Lab). I worked on machine learning models of computational regulatory genomics, with applications to Drosophilae and Echinodermata. For details, see my Ph D thesis, projects and publications.

At UT Dallas, I have worked with the NIH Roadmap Epigenome Consortium on epigenetic regulation and transcriptomics of pluripotent cells, neural progenitors and neurons. I presently focus on sensory neurons, working on their transcriptional and translational regulatory programs, and whether they are conserved between mammalian model systems and humans. For details, see the sensory transcriptome project website, projects and publications.

Biography :

I was born and brought up in vibrant Kolkata, one of India's largest cities, situated in the Ganga - Brahmaputra delta, a land of rivers, lakes and fish.

My alma mater is Jadavpur University, Kolkata - where I obtained my Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science & Engineering in 2002, working on image recognition. I was a graduate student pursuing M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering at the Computer Science & Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur for 2 years, before transferring to Carnegie Mellon. At IIT, I worked on Natural Language Processing for Indian languages (developing the first generation of grapheme to phoneme mappers, and applying this to build Text-to-Speech synthesizers, and phonetic spellcheckers for Indian languages like Bengali and Hindi). I picked up an M.S. along the way to my Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon.