Dr. Urska Cvek

Department of Computer Science, LSU Shreveport

Contact Information:
Email: ucvek@lsus.edu
Office Phone: 318-795-4266
Office Fax: 318-795-2419


Sc.D., Computer Science, 2004, University of Massachusetts

MBA, Business Administration, 1997, University of Massachusetts

B.S., Economics/Marketing, 1995, University of Ljublijana

Major Research Interests:  

Biomedical informatics, visualization, data analysis and data mining, cluster and distributed computing

The biomedical field has undergone strong growth over the past decade, generating massive data sets that require new approaches. Our goal is to not only utilize current tools, but to devise tools that incorporate visual techniques with analytical and statistical approaches to harness the experimental scientist’s intuition and aid data exploration.

Representative Publications:

Retinoids and skin: microarrays shed new light on chemopreventive action of all-trans retinoic acid. S. B. Cheepala, Z. Syed, M. Trutschl, U. Cvek, J. L. Clifford. Molecular Carcinogenesis, 2007.

Global Transcriptional Profiling Reveals Streptococcus Agalactiae Genes Controlled by the MtaR transcription factor. J.D. Bryan, R. Liles, U. Cvek, M. Trutschl, D. Shelver. BMC Genomics 2008, 9:607 (16 December 2008).

Multidimensional Visualization Tools for Analysis of Expression Data. U. Cvek, M. Trutschl, R. Stone II, Z. Syed, J.L. Clifford, A.L. Sabichi, International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, Paris, 2009.

Identification of the B-Raf/Mek/Erk MAP kinase pathway as a target for all-trans retinoic acid during skin cancer promotion, S.B. Cheepala, W. Yin, Z. Syed, J.N. Gill, A. McMillian, H.E. Kleiner, M. Lynch, R. Loganantharaj, M. Trutschl, U. Cvek, J.L. Clifford. Molecular Cancer, 8:27, May 11, 2009.

Neural-network enhanced visualization of high-dimensional data, U. Cvek, M. Trutschl, J.L. Clifford, Chapter in: Self-Organizing Maps. ISBM 978-953-7619, 2009.

Identification of genes involved in early stage bladder cancer progression, R. Stone, A.L. Sabichi, J. Gill, I-L Lee, R. Loganantharaj, M. Trutschl, U. Cvek, J.L. Clifford, Cancer Prevention Research, 3:776-786, 2010.

Identification, Tracking and Visualization of Platelets in Intravital Microscopy. J. Doss, R. Holloway, J. Slack, J. Smith, P. Kilgore, U. Cvek, K.Y. Stokes, M. Trutschl. Information Visualisation (IV), 2010 14th International Conference , vol., no., pp.246,251, 26-29 July 2010.

Epstein-Barr virus induced epigenetic alterations following transient infection. K.J. Queen, M. Shi, F. Zhang, U. Cvek, R.S. Scott. Int. J. Cancer, 132, 2076-2086, doi: 10.1002/ijc.27893.

Multidimensional Visualization of Microarray Data (Chapter). U. Cvek, M. Trutschl. Microarray Image and Data Analysis: Theory and Practice, Cat/ISBN:  K20311/9781466586826, Edited by L. Rueda, CRC Press, March 2014.

Plasma microparticle species in relapsing-remitting and secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. A case-control, cross sectional study with conventional MRI and advanced iron content imaging outcomes. J.S. Alexander, R. Chervenak, B. Weinstock-Guutman, I. Tsunoda, M. Ramanathan, N. Martinez, S. Omura, F. Sato, G.V. Chaitanya, A. Minagar, M.H. Jennings, C. Monceaux, F. Becker, U. Cvek, M. Trutschl, R. Zivadinov. Journal of Neuroinflammation (submitted).

Detection and Employment of Biological Sequence Motifs. M. Trutschl, P.C.S.R., Kilgore, R. Scott, C.E. Birdwell, U. Cvek. Big Data Analytics in Bioinformatics and Healthcare. B. Wang, R. Li, and W. Perrizo (Editors). IGI Global, 2015 (in press).