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 gene expression profiles 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 in grasses (RoDEO), mapping traits in avocado (iXora), and designing population-genetic simulations (SimBA) -- see Project Pages on the right for details. She is currently exploring metagenomics analyses and visualization for Food Safety.
Niina received her PhD in Computer Science in 2008 under the supervision of Prof. Heikki Mannila at the 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, data mining, bioinformatics