Indika Kahanda

Assistant Professor, School of Computing, Montana State University

Office: 362 Barnard Hall
Address: 357 Barnard Hall, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717
Phone: (406) 994-4067
Email: indika.kahanda (at)

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the areas of Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Biomedical Natural Language Processing. 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 abonormalities for proteins.


07/08/18: Morteza presented our work titled "A Look Back at the Quality of Protein Function Prediction Tools in CAFA" as a talk and a poster at the Function COSI in ISMB.

07/08/18: Buwani presented our work titled "Ab initio Identification of Novel microRNAs in Plants: A Systematic Review" as a poster at the Intergrative RNA Biology COSI in ISMB.

06/01/18: Morteza has been awarded the travel fellowship award for the Function COSI 2018 at ISMB this year. Congratulations!

04/23/18: Mohammed Annai was awarded Outstanding M.S. Researcher at the 2018 Gianforte School of Computing Awards. Morteza Pourreza-Shahri was a honourable mention for the Outstanding Ph.D. Researcher award. Congratulations!