Krishna Palaniappan received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University, M.Sc. in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University and B.Sc in Biology from University of Madras, India. Her research focuses are on applying machine learning methods for predicting genomic features, genomic data modeling, and large scale genomic data integration for comparative genome analysis. Krishna is responsible for the design and maintenance of the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) data warehouse, and integration of genomic and metagenomic data with transcriptomics and proteomics data.
From 1993 to 1998, as a member of the Human Genome Database (GDB) Group at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Krishna was one of the co-authors and key developers of the GDB system. From 1998 to 2003, Krishna was senior bioinformatics scientist in Gene Logic's Data Management Division, where she developed the Gene Index, a key component of Gene Logic's flagship Genesis and Ascenta data management platforms for gene expression data, one of the most successful data management systems of their kind, deployed to tens of pharmaceutical and biotech companies.