Manager, Computational Genomics Group IBM, Thomas J. Watson Research Center
Laxmi is leading the Computational Genomics Group in the Computational Biology Center at the IBM T.J. Watson and a visiting professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York. She received her Ph.D. in the area of Computational Genomics from New York University in 1998 and received the Janet Fabri Award for an outstanding thesis in computer science. She is also a recipient of the Sandra Belestein award for notable achievement in mathematical and computer science by a woman.
She has authored over hundred research papers, and holds several patents related to her algorithmic work. Her professional activities include organizing/chairing leading conferences in the area of computational biology and computer science; advisory board membership of computer science departments; evaluation panels of NIH/NSF bodies, amongst others. Her research has focused on algorithmic and statistics in the area of computational genomics. Her research monograph “Pattern discovery in Bioinformatics: Theory and Algorithms” on her contributions to the field juxtaposed with the latest developments in this area, was published by Chapman Hall in August, 2007 (the book has been on the computer science bestselling list since its publication).