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Dr Zeyneb Kurt


Department: Computer and Information Sciences

I am an Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer) in CIS department and joined the team in 2020 August.

​I received my BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in Department of Computer Engineering from Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2005, 2007, and 2013 respectively. I gained the FHEA recognition in April 2022 (reference number: PR239818).

Between 2015 and 2018, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA, with a focus in bioinformatics and computational biology fields. During that period, I have been awarded with two postdoctoral fellowships: i) American Heart Association for two years and ii) UCLA Iris Cantor/Women’s Health Center Postdoctoral Fellowship for one year.
Later on, I worked as an assistant professor in Department of Computer Engineering at Yildiz Technical University between 2018 and 2020. 
My research interests include bioinformatics, computational biology, statistics, image processing, and machine learning. Feel free to contact me or ask me your questions about my research topics.
My office is located at the CIS building, 3rd floor, office # 308. Please send me an email in advance to meet me, unless it is at office hour time.
Zeyneb Kurt

Campus Address

CIS 308
CIS Building, 3rd Floor

Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Statistics, and Machine Learning

Awards in these fields

An Integrative Wellbeing Framework and Open Online System for NHS and Integrated Care Staff in England and beyond - Awarded by NHS England (£40,000 Co-I, 2022)

Histological sub-classification of medulloblastoma tumours - Awarded by Northumbria University Application Seed Funding (~£13,000 Co-I, 2022).

Co-develop an integrative evaluation model and tools with NHS to support wellbeing and trauma informed care - Awarded by Northumbria University Participatory Research Evaluation Fund (£6,000 Co-I, 2022).

Impact of Qigong intervention on Wellbeing - Awarded by UWTSD Confucius Institute (~£4,000 PI, 2021)

Online Wellbeing Diary - Awarded by NHS England (£10,000 Co-I, 2021)

Identifying subtypes in pancreatic cancer with a novel single-cell RNA sequencing-based ensemble classification model- Awarded by CIS R&I ECR Support Fund (£3,500 PI, 2021)

American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship - for two years ($110,000 - awarded in 2017)

UCLA Iris Cantor/Women’s Health Center Postdoctoral Fellowship - for one year ($20,000 - awarded in 2017)

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Is the use of deep learning an appropriate means to locate debris in the ocean without harming aquatic wildlife?, Moorton, Z., Kurt, Z., Woo, W. 1 Aug 2022, In: Marine Pollution Bulletin
  • Refining colorectal cancer classification and clinical stratification through a single-cell atlas, Khaliq, A., Erdoğan, C., Kurt, Z., Turgut, S., Grunvald, M., Rand, T., Khare, S., Borgia, J., Hayden, D., Pappas, S., Govekar, H., Kam, A., Reiser, J., Turaga, K., Radovich, M., Zang, Y., Qiu, Y., Liu, Y., Fishel, M., Turk, A., Gupta, V., Al-Sabti, R., Subramanian, J., Kuzel, T., Sadanandam, A., Waldron, L., Hussain, A., Saleem, M., El-Rayes, B., Salahudeen, A., Masood, A. 11 May 2022, In: Genome Biology
  • Tissue-specific pathways and networks underlying sexual dimorphism in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease 06 Biological Sciences 0604 Genetics, Kurt, Z., Barrere-Cain, R., Laguardia, J., Mehrabian, M., Pan, C., Hui, S., Norheim, F., Zhou, Z., Hasin, Y., Lusis, A., Yang, X. 22 Oct 2018, In: Biology of Sex Differences
  • Integration of Multi-omics Data from Mouse Diversity Panel Highlights Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Chella Krishnan, K., Kurt, Z., Barrere-Cain, R., Sabir, S., Das, A., Floyd, R., Vergnes, L., Zhao, Y., Che, N., Charugundla, S., Qi, H., Zhou, Z., Meng, Y., Pan, C., Seldin, M., Norheim, F., Hui, S., Reue, K., Lusis, A., Yang, X. 24 Jan 2018, In: Cell Systems
  • The Genetic Architecture of Diet-Induced Hepatic Fibrosis in Mice, Hui, S., Kurt, Z., Tuominen, I., Norheim, F., C.Davis, R., Pan, C., Dirks, D., Magyar, C., French, S., Chella Krishnan, K., Sabir, S., Campos-Pérez, F., Méndez-Sánchez, N., Macías-Kauffer, L., León-Mimila, P., Canizales-Quinteros, S., Yang, X., Beaven, S., Huertas-Vazquez, A., Lusis, A. 8 Nov 2018, In: Hepatology
  • A comprehensive comparison of association estimators for gene network inference algorithms, Kurt, Z., Aydin, N., Altay, G. 1 Aug 2014, In: Bioinformatics

PGR Supervision

Daniel (Dan) Roll, Start Date: 25/09/23 (2nd supervisor is: Prof Wai Lok Woo), PhD Thesis Title: Automated detection and tracking of space debris using Explainable AI (STFC CDT in Data Intensive Science, NUdata Funding)

Zoe Moorton, Start Date: 01/10/2022 (2nd supervisor is: Prof Wai Lok Woo), PhD Thesis Title: Identification of the type of the debris in marine ecosystem using explainable deep learning methods (NU RDF Funding, reference number: RDF22/EE/CIS/KURT)

Olalekan Ogundipe, Start Date: 18/01/2021 (1st supervisor: Prof Wai Lok Woo), PhD Thesis Title: Deep Neural Networks integrating functional genomics  and histopathological images data for predicting sub-types in colon cancer

Sultan Sevgi Turgut, Start Date: June 2021 (1st supervisor: Prof Nizamettin Aydin from Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, PhD Thesis Title: Single-Cell Analysis of the Human Pancreas by Using Artificial Intelligence Techniques

Sajjad Nematzadeh, Start Date: July 2021, Completion Date: August 2023 (1st supervisor: Prof Nizamettin Aydin) from Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, PhD Thesis Title: Use of AI for Predicting Secondary Structures of RNAs and Proteins



IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Membership

American Heart Association Membership (2015-2018)

  • Computer Science PhD December 16 2013
  • Computer Science MSc July 16 2007
  • Computer Science BSc July 12 2005
  • Fellowship of Higher Education Academy, Reference#: PR239818 FHEA 2022

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