Short Bio

From mid February 2017 SARA C. MADEIRA is an Associate Professor at the Informatics Department of the Faculty of Sciences of University of Lisbon. Please find her here: https://ciencias.ulisboa.pt/perfil/sacmadeira.


From June 2009 to February 2017 she was an Assistant Professor at the Computer Science and Engineering department at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Lisboa, since 2009, where she teaches undergraduate courses on algorithms and data structures and graduate courses on computational biology and integrative bioinformatics. She is also a senior researcher at INESC-ID, Lisbon, where she received the INESC-ID Young Research Award in 2013. 

She received her PhD degree in Computer Science and Engineering at IST in 2008, her MSc degree in Computer Science and Engineering at IST in 2002, and graduated in Matemática-Informática at Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI), in 2000. She was a Lecturer and an Assistant Professor at the Informatics Department of UBI, from 2002-2008 and 2008-2009, respectively.

Her research interests include algorithms and data structures, data mining, machine learning, bioinformatics and medical informatics. In this context, she was the PI of NEUROCLINOMICS - Understanding NEUROdegenerative diseases through CLINical and OMICS data (PTDC/EIA-EIA/111239/2009), a research project embracing the challenges of studying complex diseases and developing efficient and effective mining algorithms for biomedical data, using Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease as case studies. Following this project, she is currently the PI of NEUROCLINOMICS2 - Unravelling Prognostic Markers in NEUROdegenerative diseases through CLINical and OMICS data integration (PTDC/EEI-SII/1937/2014).

 She was the co-chair of 14th International Workshop on Data Mining in Bioinformatics (BIOKDD'15) and 15th International Workshop on Data Mining in Bioinformatics (BIOKDD'16), held in conjunction with ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD '15 and SIGKDD'06), the premier forum for data mining researchers. She also co-chaired the Computational Methods in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (4th edition), a thematic track of EPIA 2015, the XVII Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence.

Her survey on Biclustering Algorithms for Biological Data Analysis was considered an ESI Hot Paper in Computer Science in November 2006

She was  on sabbatical leave at the Biocomputing group - University of Bologna from March 2015 to July 2016. From Setember 2015 to June 2016 she was an EURIAS Junior Fellow at the Istituti di Studi Avanzate in Bologna.