Akshay Balsubramani


Stanford University
300 Pasteur Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Research Overview

Welcome! I am a postdoctoral researcher in functional genomics and machine learning in the lab of Anshul Kundaje at Stanford University. My genomics work focuses on predicting human transcription regulation, while my machine learning and statistics research includes methods for semi-supervised, representation, and sequential learning.

I completed my PhD at UC San Diego in machine learning, where I was advised by Yoav Freund. During my PhD, I developed semi-supervised algorithms to combine ensembles of predictors, and also worked on stochastic processes.

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Before the PhD, I was an Associate at Strand Life Sciences, where I did statistical genomics, developing tools for genomics researchers. Previously, I received a B.S. (High Honors) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley in December 2008. On the way to that degree, I minored in (quantum) physics at Berkeley as well. Before that, I lived in various parts of India, the US, and Singapore.


Some suggestions on research which I believe in.

I used to play the violin (and occasionally still do); before college, I got a distinction in it (unfortunately recordings are lost!). I also played the Carnatic classical style, which is less polyphonic but melodically richer than the Western European classical tradition.

I have always enjoyed traveling and do so whenever the opportunity arises. I like running, occasionally structured. In my free time, I sometimes write on history and philosophy tidbits I find interesting.

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