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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

Zoe Moorton Developing an explainable deep learning model that distinguishes synthetic debris from marine biodiversity. Start Date: 01/10/2022

PGR Supervision

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: 14/06/2021 (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: 14/07/2021 (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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