pradipta ray


Hello, I am Pradipta Ranjan Ray, a research scientist at the newly created University of Texas Center for Systems Biology at Dallas. My present mentor is Michael Zhang.

My interests lie in Regulatory Genomics, Comparative & Evolutionary Genomics, Genome Annotation, Epigenetics, Population Genetics, Selectional and Co-evolutionary analyses, Graphical Models, Continuous Time Markov Processes, and Discriminative Models. My broader research interests involve estimation and inference algorithms for machine learning methods in the natural and social sciences.

Previously, I was 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 Hinman Lab). I worked on computational aspects of comparative and regulatory genomics, with applications to Drosophilae and Echinoderms. For details, see projects and publications.

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. I worked on image recognition using topological features. I was also a graduate student pursuing M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering at the Communication Empowerment Laboratory, Computer Science & Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur where I worked on Bengali Natural Language Processing including developing a Text to Speech system, a grapheme to phoneme mapper, and a phonetic spellchecker for Bengali.

I transferred to Carnegie Mellon from IIT Kharagpur in 2004 and picked up an M.S. along the way in LTI.