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Nataša Pržulj

Reader in Computational Network Biology

USA equivalent: Associate Professor

Department of Computing
Imperial College London
Bioinformatics Coordinator


Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada, 2005
M.Sc. in Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada, 2000
B.Sc. First Class Honors in Maths and Computer Science, Simon Fraser University, Canada, 1997


Dr Przulj is renowned for initiating extraction of biological knowledge purely from topology of real-world networks. That is, she views large and complex biological networks as a new source of biological information that needs to be mined, and looks for links between network topology in protein-protein interaction networks and biological function and involvement of proteins in disease. Her recent work includes integration and dynamics of heterogeneous network data, applied to many areas of systems biology and medicine, as well as to economics. She is a member of the Editorail Board of Bioinformatics (Oxford Journals). For more details, please see the research page, the list of publications, and Dr. Przulj's CV.


Dr. Przulj is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS). In 2014, she was awarded the British Computer Society Roger Needham Award for a distinguished research contribution in computer science by a UK based researcher within ten years of their PhD. In 2013, she was elected into the Young Academy of Europe. She received a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Independent Researcher Grant for 2012-2017 for her project titled "Biological Network Topology Complements Genome as a Source of Biological Information." She held a USA analogue to an ERC Starting Grant, a prestigious NSF CAREER Award, for the project titled "Tools for Analyzing, Modeling, and Comparing Protein-Protein Interaction Networks" in 2007-2011 at University of California Irvine. Her research has also been supported by other large governmental and industrial grants including those from GlaxoSmithKline, IBM and Google.

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