Sudeepa Bhattacharyya '05

Great Grads: Sudeepa Bhattacharyya ’05

The mother of 9-year-old and 7-month-old daughters, Sudeepa Bhattacharyya became UALR and the state’s first Ph.D. graduate in bioinformatics. Bhattacharyya, who is originally from India, attained three master of science degrees while her husband, UALR Applied Science Professor Abhijit Bhattacharyya, pursued his academic career. They moved to Little Rock in January 2002 when he began teaching at the University.

“Bioinformatics is an emerging field in this information age,” Sudeepa said. “I was a biochemist and wanted to expand my horizons to acquire new computer, data mining, and statistical analysis skills.” The new Ph.D. grad perceives that there is a demand for professionals with a bioinformatics background. She will be able to “bridge the gap” between biologists and computer technicians.

“There will be greater opportunities to do research.” Bhattacharyya said that she expects her research to “uncover hidden clues and patterns that can lead to cures for diseases.” She will continue working with her Ph.D. advisor Larry Suva from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.