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Indika Kahanda

Assistant Professor

School of Computing | College of Computing, Engineering & Construction

Areas of Expertise

My research interests lie in the areas of Bioinformatics, Biomedical Informatics, and Medical Informatics. I focus on the application of machine learning and natural language processing techniques to solve problems involving large-scale biological, molecular, and biomedical data. In particular, I investigate approaches to (1) develop computational methods for functional genomics and (2) develop natural language processing tools for biomedical literature. Current projects include developing an automated biocuration pipeline for mental health and developing computational methods for predicting phenotypic abnormalities for proteins.


Ph.D., Computer Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA.

M.Sc, Electrical and Computer Eng., Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA.

B.Sc Engineering, Computer Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.


Dr. Indika Kahanda is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing at University of North Florida, where he directs the bioinformatics, biomedical informatics and medical informatics lab. Prior to that Dr. Kahanda worked as an Assistant Professor in the Gianforte School of Computing at Montana State University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Colorado State University in 2016 in the area of Bioinformatics, a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2010, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2007.

Contact Information

Building 15, Room 3223

(904) 620-1326