Sawsan Khuri, PhD


Sawsan Khuri, PhD BioinformaticsSawsan Khuri, PhD, Director of Engagement

Dr. Khuri is a graduate of the University of London, UK. Her early career was in molecular biology and biochemistry, and she gradually moved to bioinformatics with a focus on functional genomics. She is fascinated by the three-dimensionality of transcriptional regulation in terms of chromatin remodeling, and the role this plays in the time and space specificity of gene use. Dr. Khuri established CCS’s bioinformatics data analysis and collaborations infrastructure, and is now the Center’s Director of Engagement. In this role, Dr. Khuri has launched several new educational and outreach initiatives, such as a cross-disciplinary CCS Fellows Program, a series of HPC workshops, novel approaches for teaching bioinformatics, and an innovative U-Inspire undergraduate course in team science. She is the 2014 recipient of a SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award for a seminar series on Team Science, coordinated the installation of Data Hall by Patricia Van Dalen at CCS, and chaired the committee that brought the Places & Spaces Mapping Science Exhibit to UM in Fall 2014.

[tab:Selected Publications]
  1. Dunwell JM, Khuri S and Gane PJ (2000) Microbial relatives of the seed storage proteins of higher plants: conservation of structure and diversification of function during evolution of the cupin superfamily. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews, 64 pgs. 153-179.
  2. Radwan A, Younis A, Hernandez MA, Ho H, Popa L, Shivaji S, and Khuri S (2007) BioFederator: A Data Federation System for Bioinformatics on the Web. Paper accepted for the Sixth International Workshop on Information Integration on the Web (IIWeb 2007), July 23, 2007, Vancouver, Canada. Please note that conference papers in engineering are equivalent to peer reviewed journal articles in the biological sciences.
  3. Nassif H, Al-Ali H, Khuri S, Keirouz W (2009) Prediction of protein glucose binding sites using support vector machines. Proteins, 77(1), pgs121-32.
  4. Rampersaud E., Kinnamon D.D., Hamilton K., Khuri S., Hershberger R.E., Martin E.R. (2010) Common susceptibility variants examined for association with dilated cardiomyopathy. Annals of Human Genetics, 74(2), pgs110-6.
  5. Rosero S.J., Bravo V., Jiang Z., Khuri S., Tsinoremas N., Klein D., Sabates E., Correa-Medina M., Ricordi C., Domínguez -Bendala J., Diez J. and Pastori R.L. (2010) MicroRNA signature of the human developing pancreas. BMC Genomics, 11, pgs 509. Highly accessed
  6. Zaki N., Wolfsheimer S., Nuel G., Khuri S. (2011) Conotoxin protein classification using free scores of words and support vector machines. BMC Bioinformatics, 12, pgs 217.
  7. Gosink M., Khuri S., Valdes C., Jiang J., Tsinoremas N.F. (2011) GenSensor Suite: a web-based tool for the analysis of gene and protein interactions, pathways, and regulation. Advances in Bioinformatics, 2011, pgs 271563.
  8. Edwards Y.J., Beecham G.W., Scott W.K., Khuri S., Bademci G., Tekin D., Martin E.R., Jiang Z., Mash D.C., Ffrench-Mullen J., Pericak-Vance M.A., Tsinoremas N., Vance J.M. (2011) Identifying consensus disease pathways in Parkinson’s disease using an integrative systems biology approach. PLoS One, 6(2), e16917.
  9. Bonetto A., Aydogdu T., Kunzevitzky N., Guttridge D.C., Khuri S., Koniaris L.G., Zimmers T.A. (2011) STAT3 activation in skeletal muscle links muscle wasting and the acute phase response in cancer cachexia. PLoS ONE, 6(7), e22538.
  10. Jiang Z., Jones D.H., Khuri S., Tsinoremas N.F., Wyss T., Jander G., Wilson A.C. (2013) Comparative analysis of genome sequences from four strains of the Buchnera aphidicola Mp endosymbiont of the green peach aphid, Myzus persicae. BMC Genomics, 14(1), 917.
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