Dr Farzana Rahman


I am a computer scientist working in the evolution of artificial intelligence. My work specialises in computational biology and data science using AI, Large Languange Model and deep learning. In recent years, I have been involved in international collaborations with academics from several countries in America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. While my early research focus was on evolutionary genomics and proteomics, currently I am developing advanced research programmes in data science, artificial intelligence, computational pedagogy and bioinformatics with an interest to explore quantum computing research scope. 

I am an open science advocate and an experienced international STEM conference organiser. I have successfully chaired/co-chaired and organised  international conferences  across the globe ( e.g. USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Czech Republic, African and Asian Regions) .  Currently, I am co-chairing the Wikipedia Committee of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). I am a Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB) and ISCB where I served as an elected Board of directors for a 3 year term till 2022. 

I am an assistant editor  of Frontiers in Genetics and reviewer of Frontiers in Microbiology, PLOS One, PeerJ,  Oxford University Press and F1000Research. 

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Data Science


  • PhD in Computer Science (Bioinformatics)
  • BEng Electrical & Electronics Engineering

Teaching and learning

  • Module leader of Applied Data Programming for MSc Data Science 

Qualifications and expertise

  • Fellow of Higher Education Institute

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Research Project/Grants:

  • KU First Grant: PI to lead a  KU first grant  research project on "An autonomous (ML/Deep-learning) data review process to facilitate rapid decision-making during a crisis (inspired by Pre/Post-COVID19 pandemic)".
  • Women In Stem Hub (WISH) project:  Received  seed funding from University as Co-PI with Dr Purva Tavri  to "Enhance research culture of women in STEM at KU" through pilot research projects. 
  • Received PG L7 internship funding to run a research project using ML and deep learning to Identify duplicated question pairs in CQA websites.
  • External French Internship project running in collaboration with Dr Bishnu Sarker (Meharry Medical College USA) on "Developing a  Drug Resistance Pipeline Using Self-Supervised Deep Learning"

Publications: Full list available from https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7DqMniIAAAAJ&hl=en

Scholarly affiliations

  • Professional Member of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)
  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
  • Member of The Women's Engineering Society (WES)- Sponsored by EPSRC

Research student supervision


Number of items: 18.


Osorio-Mogollon, Cleidy, Grentzinger, Victor, Olguin-Orellana, Gabriel J., Ayala-Ruano, Sebastian, Gupta, Shruti, Eranti, Pradeep, Grover, Aayush, Cuypers, Bart, Fatima, Nazeefa, Shome, Sayane, Rahman, Farzana and Parra, R. Gonzalo (2023) ISCB Student Council Symposium 2021, a virtual global venue : challenges and lessons learned. F1000Research, 12, p. 50. ISSN (online) 2046-1402

Hobbs, Christopher S., Vega, Rodrigo, Rahman, Farzana, Horsburgh, Gavin J., Dawson, Deborah A. and Harvey, Christopher D. (2021) Population genetics and geometric morphometrics of the freshwater snail 'Segmentina nitida' reveal cryptic sympatric species of conservation value in Europe. Conservation Genetics, 22(6), pp. 855-871. ISSN (print) 1566-0621

Rahman, Farzana, Hassan, Mehedi, Hanano, Abdulsamie, Fitzpatrick, David A., McCarthy, Charley G.P. and Murphy, Denis J. (2018) Evolutionary, structural and functional analysis of the caleosin/peroxygenase gene family in the Fungi. BMC Genomics, 19, p. 976. ISSN (online) 1471-2164

Hassan, Mehedi, Namasivayam, Aishwarya Alex, DeBlasio, Dan, Fatima, Nazeefa, Siranosian, Benjamin, Para, R.Gonzalo, Cuypers, Bart, Shome, Sayane, Monzon, Alexander Miguel, Fumey, Julien and Rahman, Farzana (2018) Reflections on a journey : a retrospective of the ISCB Student Council Symposium series. BMC Bioinformatics, 19(Suppl 12), p. 347. ISSN (online) 1471-2105

Rahman, Farzana, Hassan, Mehedi, Rosli, Rozana, Almousally, Ibrahem, Hanano, Abdulsamie and Murphy, Denis J (2018) Evolutionary and genomic analysis of the caleosin/peroxygenase (CLO/PXG) gene/protein families in the Viridiplantae. PLOS One, 13(5),

Anupama, Jigisha, Francescatto, Margherita, Rahman, Farzana, Fatima, Nazeefa, DeBlasio, Dan, Shanmugam, Avinash Kumar, Satagopam, Venkata, Santos, Alberto, Kolekar, Pandurang, Michaut, Magali and Guney, Emre (2018) The ISCB Student Council Internship Program : expanding computational biology capacity worldwide. PLOS Computational Biology, 14(1), e1005802. ISSN (print) 1553-734X

Hanano, Abdulsamie, Almousally, Ibrahem, Shaban, Mouhnad, Rahman, Farzana, Hassan, Mehedi and Murphy, Denis J. (2017) Specific caleosin/peroxygenase and lipoxygenase activities are tissue-differentially expressed in date palm ('Phoenix dactylifera' L.) seedlings and are further induced following exposure to the toxin 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7, p. 2025. ISSN (online) 1664-462X

Shome, Sayane, Meysman, Pieter, Parra, R. Gonzalo, Monzon, Alexander Miguel, Palopoli, Nicolas, White, Benjamen, Rahman, Farzana, Hassan, Mehedi, Özkeserli, Zeynep, Ashano, Efejiro, Hughitt, V. Keith, Khan, Muhammad Uzair and Murphy, Denis J. (2016) ISCB-Student Council narratives : strategical development of the ISCB-Regional Student Groups in 2016. F1000Research, 5, p. 2882. ISSN (online) 2046-1402

Cuypers, Bart, Jacobsen, Annika, Siranosian, Ben, Schwahn, Kevin, Conard, Ashley Mae, Aben, Nanne, Hassan, Mehedi, Fatima, Nazeefa, Hermans, Susanne M.A., Woghiren, Melissa, Meysman, Pieter, Rahman, Farzana and Jigisha, Anupama (2016) Highlights from the ISCB Student Council Symposia in 2016 [version 1; peer review: not peer reviewed]. F1000Research, 5(2852), ISSN (online) 2046-1402

Hanano, Abdulsamie, Almousally, Ibrahem, Shaban, Mouhnad, Rahman, Farzana, Blee, Elizabeth and Murphy, Denis J. (2016) Biochemical, transcriptional, and bioinformatic analysis of lipid droplets from seeds of date palm ('Phoenix dactylifera' L.) and their use as potent sequestration agents against the toxic pollutant, 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7, p. 836. ISSN (online) 1664-462X

White, Benjamen, Fatima, Vayani, Fatima, Nazeefa, Das, Sayoni, Rahman, Farzana and Hassan, Mehedi (2016) Highlights of the 2nd Bioinformatics Student Symposium by ISCB RSG-UK. F1000Research, 5, p. 902. ISSN (online) 2046-1402

Wilkins, Katie, Hassan, Mehedi, Francescatto, Margherita, Jespersen, Jakob, Parra, R. Gonzalo, Cuypers, Bart, DeBlasio, Dan, Junge, Alexander, Jigisha, Anupama and Rahman, Farzana (2016) Highlights from the 11th ISCB Student Council Symposium 2015. BMC Bioinformatics, 17(Suppl 3), pp. 203-205. ISSN (online) 1471-2105

Rahman, Farzana, Farmer, Rohit, Das, Sayoni, Vayani, Fatima and Hassan, Mehedi (2015) Highlights of the 1st Student Symposium of the ISCB RSG UK [version 1; peer review: not peer reviewed]. F1000Research, 4(154), ISSN (online) 2046-1402

Rahman, Farzana, Hassan, Mehedi, Kryshchenko, Alona, Dubchak, Inna, Tatarinova, Tatiana V. and Alexandrov, Nickolai (2015) benchNGS : an approach to benchmark short reads alignment tools. arXiv,

Rahman, Farzana, Wilkins, Katie, Jacobsen, Annika, Junge, Alexander, Vicedo, Esmeralda, DeBlasio, Dan, Jigisha, Anupama and Di Domenico, Tomás (2015) Highlights from the Tenth International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) Student Council Symposium 2014. BMC Bioinformatics, 16(Suppl 2), A1. ISSN (online) 1471-2105

Sablok, Gaurav, Luo, Chun, Lee, Wan Sin, Rahman, Farzana, Tatarinova, Tatiana V., Harikrishna, Jennifer Ann and Luo, Zhengrong (2011) Bioinformatic analysis of fruit-specific expressed sequence tag libraries of 'Diospyros kaki' Thunb. : view at the transcriptome at different developmental stages. 3 Biotech, 1(1), pp. 35-45. ISSN (print) 2190-572X

Conference or Workshop Item

Shishir, Fairuz Shadmani, Sarker, Bishnu, Rahman, Farzana and Shomaji, Sumaiya (2023) MetaLLM : residue-wise metal ion prediction using deep transformer model. In: 10th International Work-Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (IWBBIO 2023); 12-14 Jul 2023, Meloneras, Gran Canaria, Spain. ISSN (print) 0302-9743

Kilpatrick, Alastair M, Rahman, Farzana, Anjum, Audra, Shome, Sayane, Andalib, K.M. Salim, Banik, Shrabonti, Chowdhury, Sanjana F., Coombe, Peter, Astroz, Yesid Cuesta, Douglas, J. Maxwell, Eranti, Pradeep, Kiran, Aleyna D., Kumar, Sachendra, Lim, Hyeri, Lorenzi, Valentina, Lubiana, Tiago, Mahmud, Sakib, Puche, Rafael, Rybarczyk, Agnieszka, Al Sium, Syed Muktadir, Twesigomwe, David, Zok, Tomasz, Orengo, Christine A., Friedberg, Iddo, Kelso, Janet F and Welch, Lonnie (2022) Characterizing domain-specific open educational resources by linking ISCB Communities of Special Interest to Wikipedia. In: 30th Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB 2022); 10-14 Jul 2022, Madison, U.S..

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Leadership and management

  • Member, The Women's Engineering Society (WES)(2023-Present)-sponsored by the EPSRC
  • Co-chair, ISCB Wikipedia Committee (2020-Present)
  • Member, ISCB Publication Committee (2019-Present)
  • Elected Board of Director, ISCB Board (2019-2022)
  • Review Editor Frontiers in Genetics (Section: Computational Genomics) (2023-Present)

University responsibilities

  • Athina Swan SAT Committee Member
  • Representing School of Computer Science and Mathematics to the Faculty of ECE ethics committee

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