Dr. Nagarajan Kathiresan
Nagarajan Kathiresan is a Computational Scientist at Supercomputing Core Lab at KAUST. He is working on application configuration, installation, support and performance optimization of diversified applications. Further, he is supporting and fulfilling diversified user’s requirements in Biological, Environmental Science, Computation biology, Machine learning domains & their open source applications. Before joining KAUST, he was a staff scientist at Sidra Medicine, Biomedical Informatics division, Qatar for more than 4 years in the support role of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Analysis. This includes: experimental genomics, NGS indexing, mapping & alignment of human genomes, sequence alignment. He contributed the configuration, optimization and parallelization of those applications in cluster based architecture. Some of the contributed are published in journal papers and patent in the area of NGS optimization. He has the working experience of parallel data mining services like MapReduce, Spark, Task Parallel Library, MPICH synchronization protocols etc. Prior to his research role, he worked as an advisory software engineer at IBM Corporations, for more than 8 years. He contributed performance optimization of various HPC domains like Quantum Chemistry, Molecular dynamics, Weather Modelling & Life Science applications in IBM hardware includes IBM Power and BlueGene. He obtained his Masters of Engineering in Computer Science from Jadavpur university, India in 2004 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science, Software fault tolerance in cluster computing, from National Institute of Technology, India in 2008.