Niina is a research scientist in the Computational Genomics group, managed by Dr. Laxmi Parida, within the Computational Biology Center at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. Niina's research is focused on computational methods for analyzing various types of biological data, from metatranscriptomics to comparative genomics. Her interests include discovering differentially expressed genes (RoDEO), phasing and trait mapping (iXora), designing population-genetic simulations (SimBA), and analyzing the microbiome. She is currently exploring food authentication and metagenomics within the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain. (See the links for Projects and Groups for details)
Niina received her PhD in 2008 under the supervision of Prof. Heikki Mannila at the Department of Computer Science at 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 Staff Member in 2011. Her current responsibilities also include co-chairing the global Computational Biology Professional Interest Community (PIC) at IBM Research.
General research interest: algorithms, bioinformatics, gene expression, genomics, microbiome, plant genomics, simulation