Homayoun Valafar

Homayoun Valafar (Ph.D)

 Professor, Associate Infrastructure Director (Visualization), Computer Science & Engineering, Biomedical Engineering

University of South Carolina, Columbia


Dr. Valafar is an associate professor at that College of Engineering and Computing at USC. His research activities fall into two broad categories: Computational Medicine and Computational Biology. The computational medicine tier of his research is focused on development of computational modeling of human response to different medical treatments or methods of rehabilitation. Dr. Valafar's group has demonstrated a success in relation to administration of Hydroxyurea for alleviation of symptoms associated with Sickle Cell Anemia. The second tier of his research focuses on the problem of protein folding. The general community of researchers focus on two disjoint and orthogonal approaches to protein structure determination: purely experimental and purely computational approaches. Each of these two approaches possess advantages and disadvantages that results in their continued research and developments and hinders their practical utility. Dr. Valafar's current research (funded by NIH and NSF) is focused on exploration of hybrid approaches that combines minimum experimental data with novel computational approaches. This hybrid approach has been shown to combine the advantages of each contributing components while mitigating their detriments.


Detection of Smoking Gesture Using Smart Watches
Advanced Materials
Biomedical and Life Sciences
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Energy and Future Fuels
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental and Sustainability
Health Sciences
Research Tools
Software and Computing
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