Sushmita Roy

Sushmita Roy

Sushmita Roy

Assistant Professor, Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Systems Biology

Years Active



  • Ph.D. Computer Science, University of New Mexico

Research Description

Sushmita Roy’s research focuses on developing statistical computational methods to identify the networks driving cellular functions by integrating different types of genome-wide datasets, that measure different aspects of the cellular state.
Roy is interested in identifying networks under different environmental, developmental and evolutionary contexts, comparing these networks across contexts, and constructing predictive models from these networks.

Specifically, some research topics of  interest are:

  • Inference of structure and function of regulatory networks
  • Comparative analysis of expression modules across species
  • Evolution of gene regulation
  • Relational learning to predict function
  • Modeling condition-specific functional behavior
Learning causal networks
  • Predictive models of phenotypic response

Selected Publications

  • Estibaliz Larrainzar, Brendan Riely, Sang Cheol Kim, Noelia Carrasquilla-Garcia, Hee-Ju Yu, Hyun-Ju Hwang, Mijin Oh, Goon Bo Kim, Anandkumar Surendrarao, Deborah Chasman, Alireza F Siahpirani, R. Varma Penmetsa, Gang-Seob Lee, Namshin Kim, Sushmita Roy, Jeong-Hwan Mun, and Douglas R. Cook. Deep sequencing of the Medicago truncatula root transcriptome reveals a massive and early interaction between Nod factor and ethylene signals. Plant Physiology 2015 : pp.15.00350v1-pp.00350.(2015).
  • Sushmita Roy, Alireza Fotuhi Siahpirani, Deborah Chasman, Sara Knaack, Ferhat Ay, Ron Stewart, Michael Wilson, and Rupa Sridharan, A predictive modeling approach for cell line-specific long-range regulatory interactions. Nucl. Acids Res. (2015) doi:10.1093/nar/gkv865
  • Marbach, D. et al. Predictive regulatory models in Drosophila melanogaster by integrative inference of transcriptional networks. Genome Res. (2012).doi:10.1101/gr.127191.111
  • Werner-Washburne, M., Roy, S. & Davidson, G. S. Aging and the Survival of Quiescent and Non-quiescent Cells in Yeast Stationary-Phase Cultures. Subcell. Biochem. 57, 123–143 (2012).
  • Roy, S., Werner-Washburne, M. & Lane, T. A multiple network learning approach to capture system-wide condition-specific responses. Bioinformatics 27, 1832–1838 (2011).
  • Rhind, N. et al. Comparative functional genomics of the fission yeasts. Science 332, 930–936 (2011).
  • Davidson, G. S. et al. The proteomics of quiescent and nonquiescent cell differentiation in yeast stationary-phase cultures. Mol. Biol. Cell 22, 988–998 (2011).
  • modENCODE Consortium et al. Identification of functional elements and regulatory circuits by Drosophila modENCODE. Science 330, 1787–1797 (2010).
  • Roy, S., Plis, S., Werner-Washburne, M. & Lane, T. Scalable learning of large networks. IET Syst Biol 3, 404–413 (2009).
  • Roy, S., Lane, T. & Werner-Washburne, M. Learning structurally consistent undirected probabilistic graphical models. Proc Int Conf Mach Learn 382, 905–912 (2009).
  • Roy, S., Martinez, D., Platero, H., Lane, T. & Werner-Washburne, M. Exploiting amino acid composition for predicting protein-protein interactions. PLoS ONE 4, e7813 (2009).
  • Roy, S., Lane, T., Werner-Washburne, M. & Martinez, D. Inference of Functional Networks of Condition-Specific Response–A Case Study Of Quiescence In Yeast. Pac Symp Biocomput 51–62 (2009).