Ananth Kalyanaraman

Associate Professor,
Boeing Centennial Chair,
School of EECS
Washington State University


I am an Associate Professor and Boeing Centennial Chair in Computer Science at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University in Pullman. I am also a graduate faculty in the Molecular Plant Sciences Graduate Program and a participating faculty in the Center for Integrated Biotechnology at WSU. I received my bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (formerly a Regional Engineering College) in Nagpur, India; and M.S. (Computer Science, 2002) and Ph.D. (Computer Engineering, 2006) from Iowa State University. My research interests include computational biology & bioinformatics, parallel algorithms and applications, and string algorithms, with an overall emphasis on the development and dissemination of high-performance computing solutions for data-intensive problems in computational genomics and proteomics. I am a recipient of the Department of Energy Early Career Research award, and best paper awards at IPDPS and CSB.  I am member of ACM, IEEE, IEEE-CS, ISCB and SIAM.

Curriculum Vitae:    PDF 

Funding Sources:   

Extramural: DOE, NSF, USDA

Intramural: WSU Office of Research, WSU Foundation, School of EECS

WSU Office of Research


News & Updates:

October 2016

Our paper on a new genome assembler (FastEtch) gets the Best Student Paper Award at ACM-BCB'16. Congrats Priyanka!

April 2014

The 2nd International Workshop on Big Data in Life Sciences (BigLS) will be held this year in conjunction with the ACM BCB conference in Newport Beach, CA Workshop date: September 20, 2014.
Paper submission deadline: June 19, 2014
For the call for papers and other program information, please visit:

August 2013

I am on a sabbatical leave at Purdue University. For any department matters please contact our department administration.

May 15, 2013

Co-chairing a new workshop on "Big Data in Life Sciences" or "BigLS". Call for participation and more details in .
Workshop Date: June 13, 2013  (to be held in conjunction with ICCABS'13)
Workshop Venue: New Orleans, LA


I am currently looking for PhD students highly motivated to work on parallel algorithms and implementation. Background should be in computer science or a closely related field. Please send CV with all pertinent test scores and GPA along with a brief statement of interest to


DOE Early Career Award!  link1 , link2


The final program for HiCOMB 2011 is now available at See everyone at Anchorage, May 16!


The apple genome paper is out in Nature Genetics: link to paper is here; and here is the WSU news release for this multi-institution consortium paper.


The call for papers for HiCOMB 2011 is now available. Please visit for more details.


Congrats to Hao Lu for receiving the Blue Waters Undergraduate Petascale Research Internship!!


Maize genome sequencing related papers:


Bio-computing is of one of the three focus areas this time of SC|09 conference, to be held in Portland, Nov 14-20.
         - read about it here and here
         - As part of SC|09, a new workshop will be held this time on Using clouds for parallel computations in systems biology

         - Andy Wu will be presenting at the SC|09 Early Adopters Ph.D. Workshop: Building the next generation of application scientists
         - Also keep a tab on the SC|09 Education program, agenda.


Course webpages for 317 and 580 are online:
             "Cpt S 580: Computational Genomics"
             "Cpt S 317: Automata and Formal Languages"


Press about our SC|08 paper


The first draft of the corn genome is about to be released on 2/28 at the Annual Maize Genetics Conference in Washington D.C. Here are a couple of relevant press releases:  link1   link2


Here is the news release on the apple genome initiative, a collaborative effort between WSU and UW.

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