Cenk  Sahinalp

Cenk Sahinalp

Professor of Computer Science

Co-Director, Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics

Contact Information
(812) 855-7260
Lindley Hall 301H
Lab for Bioinformatics Algorithms and Computational Genomics


  • B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at Bilkent University
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science at University of Maryland, College Park


Cenk Sahinalp is a Professor of Computer Science and the co-director of Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics. With a background in combinatorial pattern matching and data structures, he has been applying basic algorithmic techniques such as integer linear programming and approximation algorithms to emerging problems in genome sequence analysis, especially in the context of cancer. In particular his group develops computational methods for alignment, compression and secure/privacy preserving comparison of large bimolecular sequences, algorithmic approaches for genomic and transcriptomic variant detection, tumor heterogeneity modeling, and network-based interpretation of genomic variants in cancer. Computational tools developed by the Sahinalp group include VariationHunter, CommonLAW, NovelSeq, DeFuse, Comrad, nFuse, mr & mrs FAST, SCALCE, DeeZ, OptDis, Hit'nDrive, Cliiq, Orman, Compas, Dissect, Cypiripi, MiStrVar, Colormap, Privstrat, Citup & CtpSingle.

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