photo: Alma Barranco-MendozaAlma Barranco-Mendoza

Dr. Alma Barranco-Mendoza has been teaching in the Computing Science and Biotechnology programs at TWU since 2004 and has been serving as Chief Information Officer in TWU's Information Technology division since January 2009. She also is one of the founding scholars and co-director of the Gender Studies Institute.

Her primary research interests are in the areas of medical bioinformatics and artificial intelligence. Specifically, she is interested in the analysis and development of algorithms to address multi-axial problems in decision support, e-learning, and risk assessment intelligent systems and their application to problems that deal with complex, multi-disciplinary data such as Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), cancer, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As well, she has been exploring the use and development of computer games as a pedagogic tool in AI, software engineering, and for special education. She is also interested in studying the ethical, social, and gender issues that arise from research in science, medicine, and high technology.

Born in Mexico City, she completed her B.Sc.Hons. and M.Sc. from Trent University and Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University and has worked in the software industry both in Mexico and Canada for more than 20 years. With her husband, Dr. Deryck Persaud, she co-founded Infogenetica Bioinformatics, a non-profit medical bioinformatics company focused on R&D and knowledge transfer via web and mobile technologies. They have 2 wonderful sons, Daniel and Amir, 8-year-old fraternal twins.

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