Tamer Kahveci, Ph.D.

Tamer Kahveci, Ph.D.

Associate Chair of Academic Affairs
Director, Bioinformatics Lab


Tamer Kahveci received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2004. He is currently a Professor and Associate Chair of Academic Affairs in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida, serving as the Associate Chair of Academic Affairs. Dr. Kahveci received the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement award in 2006, CSB best paper award in 2008, the NSF Career award in 2009, the ACM-BCB (Bioinformatics and Computational Biology) best student paper award in 2010, ACM-BCB honorary best paper award in 2011, and BiCoB best paper award in 2018. His research focuses on bioinformatics. He has worked on indexing sequence and protein structure databases, sequence alignment and computational analysis of biological pathways.

Dr. Kahveci has served as the PC co-chair of the ACM BCB conference in 2012 and 2017, the BioKDD workshop and the International Workshop on Robustness and Stability of Biological Systems and Computational Solutions in 2012, the Workshop on Epigenomics and Cell Function in 2013, and the Workshop on Computational Network Analysis, the Workshops Chair of the ACM-BCB conference in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. He served as the Tutorials Chair of the ACM BCB and the IEEE BIBM conferences in 2015, and Workshop Chair in 2016. He is a member of the governing board of the ACM SIGBIO and a steering committee member of the ACM-BCB. He is a member of the editorial review board for the journal International Journal of Knowledge Discovery in Bioinformatics (IJKDB). He was the lead guest editor of the Journal of Advances in Bioinformatics, special issue on “Computational analysis of biological networks” and associate editor in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. In addition to these, he has served on the program committees of numerous computational biology and database conferences.

Research Areas

Bioinformatics, Database, Data Science and Informatics, Machine Learning


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004

Research Interests

Bioinformatics, Computational biology, data mining, big data


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Awards & Distinctions

  • UF Term Professorship, 2018
  • Best Paper Award, BiCoB 2018
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award 2009-2014
  • Best Student Paper Award, ACM-BCB 2010
  • Best Paper Award, CSB 2008
  • ORAU Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2006


Contact Information

Telephone: 352-505-1554

Fax: 352-392-1220

Email: tamer@cise.ufl.edu

The Bioinformatics Lab

Office: MH 5400C

Lab Room: E333 CSE