University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Biology faculty candidate to present seminar Feb. 19

Dipak Barua, a faculty candidate for the Systems Biology position within the Biology Department, will present a seminar titled "Investigation of autophagic vesicle dynamics in single cells: a data-driven mathematical and computational modeling study" at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in 141 Starcher Hall.

Dipak Barua received his bachelor's in chemical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2008, he received his doctoral in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. As a doctoral student, Dipak Barua worked with Jason M. Haugh, professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University. His doctoral work was focused on developing computational and mathematical models to study cell-signaling proteins having complex modular structures and the mechanisms by which such structures govern and coordinate cell signaling responses. After receiving his doctorate, Barua joined the lab of Jennifer L. Reed as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison. In Reed’s lab, he worked on developing algorithms for automated reconstruction and refinement of genome-scale metabolic and regulatory network models. In 2010, Barua joined the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group and Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a postdoctoral research associate. His research at Los Alamos National Laboratory applies computational and systems biology approaches to understanding cell-signaling systems relevant for immunity and cancer, Barua is currently a research assistant professor in the Department of Computational and Systems Biology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pa.

-- Jeannie Lewis, office manager, Biology, 777.2622,

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