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Scientist awarded for algae to biofuel software

September 13, 2016
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

Since his joining the University of New Orleans, Dr. Md Tamjidul Hoque has obtained grants totaling $607,086 for his algal research.

Since his joining the University of New Orleans, Dr. Md Tamjidul Hoque has obtained grants totaling $607,086 for his algal research.

Md Tamjidul Hoque, a Bangladeshi computer scientist and an assistant professor in the computer science department at the University of New Orleans (UNO), has been awarded $141,453 by the Louisiana Board of Regents Industrial Ties Research Subprogram for developing the software tools and theoretical underpinning needed to help convert algae into biofuel. The grant also has a three-year institutional match of $36,720.

Dr. Hoque’s project is a collaboration among UNO, BHO Technology and the Louisiana Emerging Technology Center in Baton Rouge. His lab will develop advanced algorithms for analyzing and optimizing gene regulatory network-based biofuel production modeling in algae.

“Algae can be developed as an excellent microbial cell factory that can harvest solar energy and convert atmospheric carbon-dioxide to useful products and thus can establish the missing link in the fuel-cycle,” said Dr. Hoque.

Dr. Hoque is also the principal investigator with co-principle investigator Shengru Tu, a professor of computer science of the University of New Orleans (UNO), on a $60,073 grant from the NASA Stennis Space Center to develop an automated tool to help NASA improve management and marketing of its intellectual properties portfolio.

A team of experts manually identified roughly 1,500 patents held by NASA, currently categorized into 15 categories. Using this grant, Dr. Hoque and Dr. Tu will create more precise and user-friendly search tools that will enable users to more easily discover relevant intellectual property belonging to NASA.

Dr. Hoque earned his PhD degree in information technology from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, in 2008. From 2007 to 2011, he was a research fellow with Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. From 2011 to 2012, he was a post-doctoral fellow with Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Since his joining UNO, Dr. Hoque has obtained grants for his research totaling over $600,000.

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