Nazar Zaki holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Malaysia, where he received the Dean's awards for best Ph.D. student. He has more than 12 years of teaching experience and worked in various educational institutions before joining the Faculty of Information Technology, UAEU in 2004. He is currently an Associate Professor and a Coordinator of the Intelligent Systems Track and the founder/leader of the bioinformatics research team at the FIT.
Dr. Zaki's research interest is on bioinformatics, data mining and machine learning. His research mainly focuses on developing intelligent machine learning and data mining algorithms to solve specific bioinformatics problems, such as protein homology detection, protein function/structure prediction, protein interaction network, and protein sequence classification. He has published many scientific papers in world class journals/conferences. He is a reviewer in many top reputed international journals such as Bioinformatics, Algorithms for Molecular Biology , Biochimie and BMC Bioinformatics. He is an editorial board member of the Biomedical Engineering Gateway and the International Journal on Innovative Computing. He was also a guest editor, Journal of Information Technology Research.
Dr. Zaki contributed to the training of highly qualified personnel, 2 Master students graduated under his supervision. He is currently a supervisor of 5 PhD students from the FIT, UAEU and Faculty of Computer Science and Information systems, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Dr Zaki received many scholarship awards such as the Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2007 and best paper award from the World Congress on Engineering, Imperial College in 2008 and GECCO, Dublin, Ireland in 2011.
Dr Zaki was one of the few members who established the Middle East Association of Healthcare Informatics (MEAHI) in UAE in 2005. He is currently a member of many other professional societies such as IEEE, ISMB, BO, APBioNET, IASTED, INFORMS, ICS and NBBnet.
Dr Zaki is a reviewer in many top reputed international journals such as Bioinformatics, Algorithms for Molecular Biology, Biochimie and BMC Bioinformatics. He is an editorial board member of the Biomedical Engineering Gateway and the International Journal on Innovative Computing. Dr Zaki was also a guest editor, Journal of Information Technology Research.
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To appear. Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics, Wiley.
Nazar Zaki, Salah Bouktif and Sanja L., (2011) A Combination of Compositional Index and Genetic Algorithm for Predicting Transmembrane Helical Segments. PLoS ONE 6(7): e21821. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021821.
Nazar Zaki, Stefan Wolfsheimer, Gregory Nuel and Sawsan Khuri (2011). "Conotoxin Protein Classification Using Free Scores of Words and Support Vector Machines", BMC Bioinformatics 2011, 12:217 (IF: 3.43, (Class A).
Nazar Zaki, Wassim M El-Hajj, Hesham Kamel, Fadi Sibai (2011) "STRIKE: A Protein-Protein Interaction Classification Approach". Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology , Vol. 696, pp: 263-70., Springer.
Nazar Zaki, Sanja L Lazarova-Molnar, Wassim M El-Hajj, Piers Campbell (2009), "Protein-protein interaction based on pairwise similarity". BMC Bioinformatics. 10:150. (2009 IF: 3.78, (Class A) , Selected by BioInfoBank to be among the most 13 recommended papers on proteins.
Zaki, N. M. 2009. Prediction of Protein–Protein Interactions Using Pairwise Alignment and Inter-Domain Linker Region. Engineering Letters. Vol. 16(4).
Zaki, N. M., and Deris, S. 2007. Detecting Remote Protein Evolutionary Relationships via String Scoring Method. International J. of Biomedical Sciences. Vol. 2, pp: 59-66.
Zaki, N. M., Deris, S. and Alashwal, H. 2006. Protein-Protein Interaction Detection Based on Substring Sensitivity Measure. International J. of Biomedical Sciences, Vol. 1, pp: 148-154.
Zaki, N. M., Deris, S., and Illias, R. M. 2005. Application of string kernels in protein sequence classification. Applied Bioinformatics. Vol. 4, pp: 45-52.
Zaki, N. M., and Deris, S. 2005. Representing Protein Sequence with Low Number of Dimensions. J. of Biological Sciences. Vol. 5, pp: 795-800.
Zaki, N. M., Deris, S., and Illias, R. 2004. Feature Extraction for Protein Homology Detection using Hidden Markov Model combining Scores. International J. of Computational Intelligence and Applications. Vol. 4, pp: 1-12.
(Selected as a sample for the World Scientific and Imperial College Press, 2005 catalogue).
Zaki, N. M., Deris, S., and Chin, K. K. 2003. A comparison of quadratic programming solvers in support vector machines training. Jurnal Teknologi. Vol. 39, pp: 45-56.
Zaki, N. M., and Chin, K. K. 2002. Extending the decomposition algorithm for support vector machines training. J. of Information and Communication Technology. Vol. pp: 17-29.
(Papers downloadable from http://faculty.uaeu.ac.ae/nzaki/publications.htm)
To appear. 17th ACM Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO). Philadelphia, US, 7-11 July,2012.
To appear. ECCB'12 - 11th European Conference on Computational Biology. 9-12 September 2012, Basel Switzerland.
Dmitry Efimov, Nazar Zaki and Jose Berengueres. (2012). Detecting Protein Complexes from Noisy Protein Interaction Data, BIOKDD-12.
Nazar Zaki (2011) A combination of amino acid composition and matching for conotoxin superfamily classification. 19th Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) and 10th European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB), 17-19 July. Vienna, Ausaria.
Nazar Zaki, Salah Bouktif and Sanja L., (2011), "A Genetic Algorithm to Enhance Transmembrane Helices Topology Prediction Using Compositional Index", 2011 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO2011), Dublin, Ireland, July 12-16. Won the Best Paper Award.
Nazar Zaki, Fadi Sibai and Piers Campbell (2011), "Conotoxin Protein Classification Using Pairwise Comparison and Amino Acid Composition", 2011 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO2011), Dublin, Ireland, July 12-16.
Nazar Zaki, Piers Campbell, Stefan Wolfsheimer and Gregory Nuel (2011). "Features Extraction Using Free Score of Words for Classifying Conotoxin Superfamily", 12th ACIS International Conference on Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Parallel/Distributed Computing (SNPD 2011), 6-8 July 2011 in Sydney, Australia.
Fadi Sibai and Nazar Zaki (2010) "Parallel Protein Sequence Matching on Multicore Computers". SoCPaR 2010, 7-10 Dec 2010, Paris, France.
Nazar Zaki and Wassim El-Hajj (2010) “Predicting Membrane Proteins Type Using Inter-domain Linker Knowledge”. The 2010 International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BIOCOMP'10), 12-15 July, Las Vegas, US.
Nazar Zaki (2009) "Protein-Protein Interaction Prediction using Homology and Inter-domain Linker Region Information", The 2008 International Conference of Systems Biology and Bioengineering, Imperial College, London, U.K., 2nd July 2008. Published by Springer as a book chapter entitled “Advances in Electrical Engineering and Computational Science”.
(Received the Certificate of Merit).
Al Mutaz, M. A., Deris, S., Zaki, N. M., and Doaa, M. G. 2007. Breast Cancer Detection Based on Statistical Textural Features Classification. 4th Innovations’07 International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology. Dubai 18-20 Nov 2007.
(Won the Best Poster Award).
Zaki, N. M., Deris, S., and Alwahaishi, S. 2007. SubSS: A Protein-Protein Interaction Detection Tool. 6th ACIS International Conference on Computer and Information Science. pp. 999-1004. Melbourne, Australia, 11-13 July 2007.
Zaki, N. M. 2006. Detecting Remote Protein Evolutionary and Structural Relationships via String Scoring Method. International Conference on Machine Learning and Cybernetics (ICMLC'06). Dalian, China, 13-16 Aug 2006.
Zaki, N. M., Deris, S., and Illias, R. M. 2005. Simple Representation of Protein Sequence for detecting homology. International Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Las Vegas, USA, 27-30 June 2005.
Zaki, N. M., Deris, S., and Illias, R. 2003. Application of String Kernel in Protein Sequence Classification. International Conference on Bioinformatics. Penang, Malaysia, 8-10 Sep 2003.
Zaki, N. M., Deris, S., and Illias, R. 2003. Features Extraction through Hidden Markov Model Combining Scores. In International Conference on Bioinformatics. Penang, Malaysia, 8-10 Sep 2003.
Zaki, N. M., Deris, S., Illias, R. M., and Lee Chin, Y. 2003. Performance Analysis of String Kernel on Protein Sequence Classification. Artificial Intelligence Application in Industry. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jun 2003.
(Papers downloadable from http://faculty.uaeu.ac.ae/nzaki/publications.htm)