July 10, 2004: CS Department Hires Two New Faculty
Two new faculty members will join the UIC Department of Computer Science as assistant professors. V.N. Venkatakrishnan will join the department in December 2004, and Tanya Berger-Wolf will be joining the department in August 2005.

V.N. Venkatakrishnan is a PhD candidate in the Dept. of Computer Science, Stony Brook University (formerly SUNY at Stony Brook), and will be defending his doctoral dissertation in August 2004. Venkat's research focuses on computer and network security, with use of language based techniques and formal methods to address security concerns in executing un-trusted programs, assuring privacy of sensitive data handled by computer programs, and defending computer systems from malicious attacks. Venkat holds Masters degrees in Computer Science (2000 - Stony Brook University) and Mathematics (1997 - Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India).

Tanya Berger-Wolf has received her B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel) in 1995 and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. She has spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New Mexico working in computational phylogenetics and is now at the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) doing research in computational epidemiology. The focus of Tanya Berger-Wolf's work in computational biology is the application of combinatorial and algorithmic techniques to problems in population biology, both animal and human (epidemiology).

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