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Urska Cvek, ScD, MBA

Name: Dr. Urska Cvek

Title: Professor and co-Director, Laboratory for Advanced Biomedical Informatics

Start Year at LSUS: 2004

Credentials: UMass Lowell ScD (2004) and MBA (1997)

Department: Department of Computer Science

School: Mathematics and Sciences

College: Arts and Sciences

Office Location: Technology Center 215

Office Phone: 318-795-4266


Office Hours:

Fall 2019
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:15am-11:00am & 12:15pm-1:00pm

Teaching Assignments:

Formal Teaching - Undergraduate
CSC 115 Computer Literacy
CSC 135 Object Oriented Programming I
CSC 145 Object Oriented Programming II
CSC 242 Computer Architecture and Organization
CSC 345 Data Structures
CSC 346 Analysis of Algorithms
CSC 420 Programming Languages
CSC 466 Introduction to Bioinformatics
CSC 468 Introduction to Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
CSC 490 An Introduction to Microbial Community Sequencing and Analysis (site coordinator)

Formal Teaching-Graduate
CSC 620 Programming Languages
CSC 666 Introduction to Bioinformatics
CSC 668 Introduction to Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
CSC 690 An Introduction to Microbial Community Sequencing and Analysis (site coordinator)
BIOS690 An Introduction to Microbial Community Sequencing and Analysis (site coordinator)
CST 711 Informatics
CST 790 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction

Research Interests:

I have always been interested in data presentation in insightful and novel ways. The focus of my research is informatics, data mining and information visualization and I have been involved in independent, collaborative and multidisciplinary research and teaching over the past 20 years. I work with multivariate and multidimensional complex data sets, their management, analysis, and data integration as well as algorithmic technique development. I have been initiating, planning and developing research projects with collaborators in multidisciplinary teams that have resulted in grant-funded proposals and publications and include supervision of undergraduate and graduate students in the Laboratory for Advanced Biomedical Informatics (LABi) that I co-direct.

Selected Publications:

Refereed Journals and Proceedings Since 2018
Neurolymphatic Biomarkers of Brain Endothelial Inflammatory Activation: Implications for Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis. J.W. Yun, U. Cvek, P.C.S.R. Kilgore, I. Tsunoda, S. Omura, F. Sato, R. Zivadinov, M. Ramanathan, A. Minagar, J.S. Alexander. Life Sciences Elsevier Journal. 229, (July 2019).
Improving Comprehension of Large Taxonomic Graphs. P. Kilgore, M. Trutschl, U. Cvek, J.S. Alexander. Proc. of MediVis2019 - 16th International Conference on BioMedical Visualisation, Paris, France, July 2019, IEEE Computer Society Press.
Dynamic Gut Microbiome Changes Following Regional Lymphatic Obstruction in Primates: Relevance to Crohn's Disease. J.S. Alexander, F. Becker, F. Gavins, U. Cvek, P.C.S.R. Kilgore. Pathophysiology; June 2019.
Venous Thromboembolism in IBD: Increased Risk for Women in CD? K. Morgan, M. Boktor, C. Ford, L. Pham, J.D. Morris, P.A. Jordan, U. Cvek, M. Trutschl, J.S. Alexander. Pathophysiology; 2019 doi: 10.1016/j.pathophys.2019.03.001.
GatewayNet: A Form of Sequential Rule Mining. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. P. Kilgore, N. Korneeva, T. C. Arnold, M. Trutschl, U. Cvek. 19(87), (April 2019).
A Retrospective Study of Transfusion Requirements in Trauma Patients Receiving Tranexamic Acid. B. Cornelius, K. Moody, K. Hopper, P. Kilgore, U. Cvek, M. Trutschl, A. Cornelius. Journal of Trauma Nursing. 26(3), DOI: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000437 (May-June 2019).
Bioinformatics Analyses Determined the Distinct CNS and Peripheral Surrogate Biomarker Candidates between Two Mouse Models for Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. S. Omura, F. Sato, N.E. Martinez, A-M. Park, M. Fujita, N.J. Kennett, U. Cvek, A. Minagar, J. S. Alexander, I. Tsunoda. Frontiers in Immunology, Section Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology.10. 516. 3389/fimmu.2019.00516.
Theiler's Virus-Mediated Immunopathology in the CNS and Heart: Roles of Organ-Specific Cytokine and Lymphatic Responses. S. Omura, E. Kawai, F. Sato, N.E. Martinez, A. Minagar, M. A-K. Kofahi, W. Yun, U. Cvek, M. Trutschl, J. Alexander, I. Tsunoda. Frontiers in Immunology. 9. 2870. 10.3389/fimmu.2018.02870 (2018).
What and How are EM Residents Being Taught to Respond to the Next Disaster? A.P. Cornelius, W.K. Andress, R. Ajayi, U. Cvek, B. Cornelius, P.C.S.R. Kilgore, M. Trutschl, C. Kang. American Journal of Disaster Medicine, [S.l.], v. 13, n. 4, p. 279-287, oct. 2018. ISSN 1932-149X.
Tranexamic Acid: Promise or Panacea - The Impact of Air Medical Administration of Tranexamic Acid on Morbidity, Mortality and Length of Stay. B. Cornelius, K. McCarty, K. Hylan, A. Cornelius, K. Smith, S. Ristic, D. Vining, U. Cvek, M. Trutschl. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 2018;40(1):27-35. DOI: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000175.
Effect of Sedative Agent Selection on Morbidity, Mortality and Length of Stay in patients with Increase in Intracranial Pressure. B. Cornelius, E. Webb, A. Cornelius, K. Smith, S. Ristic, J. Jain, U. Cvek, M. Trutschl. World Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2018;9(4):256-261. DOI: 10.5847/wjem.j.1920-8642.2018.04.003.
Computational analyses associate the CNS lymphatic molecules with disease progression of a viral model for multiple sclerosis. S. Omura, F. Sato, M. Fujita, A-M. Park, J.S. Alexander, P.C.S.R. Kilgore, U. Cvek, I. Tsunoda. Neuroinfection 2018, 23, pp. 114-120 (in Japanese).
Urine drug screen trends from 1998 through 2011 among emergency department patients treated in a University Teaching Hospital. N. Korneeva, U. Cvek, A. Leskova, K. Hutchinson, A. Callahan, G. Patek, M. Trutschl, P.C.S.R. Kilgore, P. McGauly, N. Goeders, T. Arnold. Toxicology Communications, 2018. DOI: 10.1080/24734306.2018.1468539.
Pharmacoproteomics Profile in Response to Acamprosate Treatment of an Alcoholism Animal Model. C. E. Germany, A. N. Reker, D. J. Hinton, A. Oliveros, X. Shen, L. G. Andres‐Beck, K. M. Wininger, M. Trutschl, U. Cvek, D. Choi, H.W. Nam. Proteomics 2018, 18, 1700417.


Personal Bio:

Urska Cvek, ScD, MBA is a computer scientist specializing in the design and application of data analytics and information visualization techniques. With more than twenty years of experience she brings unique multidisicplinary expertise and insight and has taken leadership roles in several large-scale projects. She is currently Professor of Computer Science and Lisa Burke Endowed Bioinformatics Professor at LSU Shreveport where she co-directs the Laboratory for Advanced Biomedical Informatics. She helped build bioinformatics skills and expertise in Shreveport/Bossier City and north Louisiana. She is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport and Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. Dr. Cvek is on the Bioinformatics Core faculty of the Center of Molecular and Tumor Virology at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport and Associate Director of the Bioinformatics, Biostatistics and Computational Biocomputing Core of the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network.

Prior to joining LSU Shreveport she co-founded Anvil, Inc., a visualization company, and worked as research assistant at the Institute for Visualization and Perception Research and Center for Family, Work and Community at UML. She co-founded the Laboratory for Advanced Biomedical Informatics at LSU Shreveport and was named its co-Director in 2007.

US Patent Title: Universal visualization platform
US Patent No. 7,734,607 issued June 8, 2010

The present invention provides methods and apparatus, including computer program products, for a universal visualization platform. As described herein, in one aspect, the invention includes a framework system for connecting a plurality of tools. The system includes a plug-in mechanism configured to dynamically load the plurality of tools, a data pool having storage space configured to store data sets associated with the plurality of tools, a linking mechanism configured to establish communications links between the loaded plurality of tools to enable coordinated operation of the loaded plurality of tools, a session component configured to record the process history of the operations of the loaded plurality of tool and the system states corresponding to the process history of the operations and an annotation module configured to associate user-provided data corresponding to one or more of the stored data sets.

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