Distinguished Scientist Babu Guda, Ph.D.

January 14, 2015

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Babu Guda, Ph.D.

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored Feb. 2 at a ceremony for UNMC's 2014 Scientist Laureate, Research Leadership, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

  • Name: Chittibabu (Babu) Guda, Ph.D.
  • Title: Associate professor, genetics, cell biology and anatomy, and director, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Core Facility
  • Joined UNMC: August 2010
  • Hometown: Guntur, India

Describe your research briefly in layman's terms.
I use computers to process and analyze large amounts of biomedical research data. My research revolves around developing or applying novel and efficient computer methods to extract useful knowledge from piles of research data, which is otherwise not feasible by manual methods.

How does your research contribute to science and/or health care? Human cells contain about 25,000 genes that can make up to100,000 types of proteins. My research uses computer programs to predict the functions of individual genes, interacting genes and gene products and help analyze their wholistic effect on the function of cells. A bulk of my research focuses on cancer genomics, where we analyze the mutational changes between normal and cancer cells. This research will immensely help physicians design a treatment plan based on the genotype (DNA code) of a patient, which is becoming the new frontier for personalized medicine.

What is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you, professional or personal?
My father told me that "There is no substitute for hard work no matter how talented one may be."

List three things few people know about you.

  • I play tennis and like riding motor bikes.
  • I took ballroom dancing classes for two years when I was younger (foxtrot, tango and swing dancing).
  • My parents never gave me a formal name when I was born. My first name is indeed a nickname (it means "little kid" in my native language, Telugu). It eventually became my first name.


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Akram Mohammed
January 17, 2015 at 5:12 AM

Congratulations Dr. Guda, well deserved award. Fortunate to have been mentored by a wonderful person and a great scientist like you. Wish you much success and happiness in your professional and personal life.

January 16, 2015 at 9:27 PM

Congratulations chitti babu -Narsi reddy. ch

Somesh Banerji
January 16, 2015 at 7:58 PM

Congrats Dr Guda!

Sanjit Pandey
January 16, 2015 at 2:07 PM

Congratulations Dr. Guda.

Simarjeet K Negi
January 16, 2015 at 2:05 PM

Congratulations Dr. Guda, proud to be mentored by you !!

January 16, 2015 at 9:36 AM

Congratulations Babu Guda for the award. Great work. Wish you all the best.