Niina is a research scientist at the Computational Genomics group managed by Dr. Laxmi Parida. Her research focuses on computational methods for analyzing various types of biological data, from (meta-)transcriptomics to conserved gene order patterns between species. Her latest projects include algorithm design and analysis involving plant genomes (Plant Genomics), including discovering differentially expressed genes (RoDEO), phasing and trait mapping (iXora), and designing population-genetic simulations (SimBA). She is currently exploring metagenomic and metatranscriptomic (Meta-omics) analyses for Food Safety. (See Project and Groups on the right for details)
Niina received her PhD in 2008 under the supervision of Prof. Heikki Mannila from the Department of Computer Science of University of Helsinki, Finland, where she focused on algorithmic data mining with applications in biological sequence analysis.
Niina joined IBM Research in 2008 as a Post-doctoral researcher, and was converted to Research scientist in 2011. Her current responsibilities also include co-chairing the Computational Biology Professional Interest Community (PIC) at IBM Research.
General research interest: algorithms, bioinformatics, genomics, data mining, simulation