March 25, 2019

Dr. Halima Bensmail


Dr. Halima Bensmail is a principal scientist at Qatar Computing research institute (QCRI) within the Data analystics group and a joint associate Professor at HBKU’s College of computer science and Engineering (CSE). Halima is the founder of the Computational Biology group at QCRI.

Her work focuses on developing new machine learning algorithms for solving large-scale and high-dimensional problems for achieving significant biomedical discoveries. Halima joined QCRI in 2011. Before that, she was a tenured associate professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics at the University of Virginia (EVMS), an associate professor of statistics at the University of Tennessee and an adjunct faculty member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA.

She also held positions of a Research Scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (USA) and at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands); a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle (USA).

Halima completed her PhD at the University Pierre et Marie-Curie (Paris VI). She serves as a consultant and advisory member for a number of key computational biology and biomedical engineering projects and grants agencies such as Qatar National Research Fund, Qatar Anti-doping lab, National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF). She has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts (+80) and has won multiple awards such as best junior researcher at the International Federation of Classification Society (Italy) and ARC2011 (Qatar).