Prof. Dr. Igor Jurisica, PhD.
The primary research focus is on integrative computational biology, and representation, analysis and visualization of high-dimensional data generated by high-throughput biology experiments. Of particular interest is the use of comparative analysis in the mining of different dataset types such as gene/protein expression profiling, protein-protein interaction of neurodegenerative diseases with special focus on various tauopathies and Alzheimer’s disease. The main goal is to improve and personalize treatment of neurodegenerative diseases by making it possible to detect them earlier, identify high-risk patients, and to customize the treatment. To this end we aim to identify markers that can be used to detect neurodegeneration earlier; identify high-risk patients and to find markers that can predict treatment response.Professor Jurisica is a Senior Scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Professor at Departments of Medical Biophysics and Computer Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada Co-director: Informatics and Communications Technology, TECHNA Institute for the Advancement of Technology for Health, Toronto, Canada Laboratory Head at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network IBM Life Sciences Discovery Centre Toronto Medical Discovery Tower, East Tower, Room 11-314, 101 College Street, Toronto, Ontario 2016 Thomson Reuters highly cited researcher (www.highlycited.com/); Out of 127 in computer science and 3,266 world-wide in 21 fields of science 2015 Thomson Reuters highly cited researcher; Out of 108 in computer science and 3,125 world-wide in 21 fields of science 2014 Thomson Reuters highly cited researcher; Out of 117 in computer science and 3,215 world-wide in 21 fields of science According to Thomson Reuters (2015 & 2014 Report), professor Jurisica belongs to The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.