Dr. Tijana Milenkovic is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and the head of the Complex Networks (CoNe) Lab. She joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2010. She got her Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine in 2010, her M.Sc. in Computer Science at the same university in 2008, and her B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 2005.
Her research focuses on developing computational methods for efficient extraction of function from large, noisy, heterogeneous, and dynamic (biological) networks. At the same time, through interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers primarily from biology but also from psychology and social sciences, Dr. Milenkovic aims to demonstrate practical usefulness of her methods in the different domains. To date, her research has been funded by three NSF grants (including a prestigious CAREER award and an EAGER award intended for “highly risky, potentially transformative research”), a collaborative Google Faculty Research Award, and three collaborative NIH grants. Her research efforts have resulted in two book chapters and over 23 journal publications (e.g., in Science, PNAS, or Bioinformatics), along with a number of conference papers.
Dr. Milenkovic is an Associate Editor of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (TCBB) journal. Also, she has acted as a Publications Co-Chair, workshop and tutorial organizer, and PC member at prestigious computational biology conferences (e.g., ECCB, ACM BCB, or GLBIO), as a reviewer for many journals (e.g., Bioinformatics), and as a proposal review panelist for several funding agencies (e.g., NSF, NIH, and NSERC).
Dr. Milenkovic is strongly committed to integrating research and education. She has designed two novel research-oriented courses at Notre Dame at both graduate and undergraduate level, provided research supervision to both graduate and undergraduate students (with several of the undergrads being first authors on the respective publications), and organized yearly workshops on network research at a career conference for K-12 middle school girls.