AI Seminar: AI4GH Seminar Series - Machine Learning with Biological Knowledge Graphs

Oct 24 2018 12:00 PM - Oct 24 2018 01:00 PM

By Ph.D. student Mona Alshahrani (KAUST)


Biological data and knowledge bases increasingly rely on Semantic Web technologies and the use of knowledge graphs for data integration, retrieval and federated queries. In the past years, feature learning methods that are applicable to graph-structured data are becoming available, but have not yet widely been applied and evaluated on structured biological knowledge. We develop novel methods for feature learning on biological knowledge graphs and apply them to the prediction of edges in the knowledge graph representing problems of finding candidate genes of diseases, or drugs repurposing, and demonstrate performance that matches and sometimes outperforms traditional approaches based on manually crafted features. 


Mona Alshahrani joined KAUST in 2013 and completed her M.Sc degree in 2015. Before that, she was a teaching assistant at Jubail University College, Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student at the Bio-Ontology Research Group (BORG) focusing on bioinformatics, data integration, machine/deep learning methods in knowledge graphs and their applications to human healthcare.

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