Network science and machine learning in plant stress biology

Speaker: Prof. Shahid Mukhtar
Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

-Hosted by Prof. Ikram  Blilou

Join us in Building 2, Level 5, room 5220


Spatial and systems analyses can provide valuable insights into the complex interactions between plants and their environment. This may help mitigate the impact of biotic and abiotic stresses agricultural productivity and ecosystem health. Here, I’ll discuss the application of network sciences in identifying key nodes within protein-protein interaction networks. Furthermore, I will share our ongoing advancements in utilizing computational tools and deep learning for predicting protein-protein interactions. I’ll present an example of employing deep learning to predict gene function in plants. Lastly, I will showcase our recent findings from the single nuclei multi-ome analysis in response to drought.

About the speaker:

Dr. Shahid Mukhtar is a tenured full professor at UAB. He earned his PhD at Max-Planck Institute Cologne in 2005 in the labs of Imre Somssich and Paul Schulze-Lefert. He joined Jeff Dangl’s lab at the UNC-Chapel Hill for his post-doc in 2006. His lab specializes in systems biology and machine learning of plant-microbe interactions. He published 95 articles, edited two books and is funded by the NSF. Dr. Mukhtar has held various leadership roles, including chair and executive member of SS-ASPB. Currently, he is serving as a director of MASC. He is actively involved in academic coordination as the co-director of Genetics and Genomics Sciences undergraduate major, College of Arts and Sciences equity advisor, and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) coordinator.

Event Quick Information

06 Dec, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM