Mohammed Alser

Enabling intelligent genome analysis.

I am a Senior Researcher and Lecturer of bioinformatics and computer architecture at D-INFK and SAFARI Research Group, D-ITET, ETH Zürich.

My main research is in bioinformatics, computational genomics, metagenomics, and computer architecture. I am especially excited about building new data structures, algorithms, and architectures that make intelligent computation on population-scale sequencing data a reality. I am also excited about system design, using existing and unconventional (e.g., non-von Neumann) computing paradigms, for bioinformatics and big-data applications. I closely advise and mentor several graduate and undergraduate students (>26 overall) at ETH Zürich, CMU, and Bilkent University. Work with us!

I earned my PhD in Computer Engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey, where I was awarded the TÜBITAK doctoral fellowship. I am fortunate to work with Can Alkan and Onur Mutlu on my own doctoral research ideas. My PhD thesis, “Accelerating the Understanding of Life's Code Through Better Algorithms and Hardware Design”, received the IEEE Turkey Doctoral Dissertation Award and I was named as the Best Palestinian PhD Student in Turkey. I was previously working at ZarLab (UCLA), CfAED (TU Dresden), and PETRONAS.


Selected Publications