Dr. Trevor Cickovski received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2008. He currently works at Florida International University as an Instructor primarily of hardware courses, and also a member of the Bioinformatics Research Group (BioRG).
Before coming to FIU Trevor served as Discipline Coordinator of Computer Science at Eckerd College from 2012 to 2015, where he instructed a variety of computer science undergraduate courses plus some cross-disciplinary courses in the liberal arts. He has received two teaching excellence awards, one from the SCIS department at FIU in 2017 and the other from the University of Notre Dame as a graduate instructor in 2006. Trevor has received funding and resources from NVIDIA for bringing GPU computing to the classroom at both FIU and Eckerd, which he continues to pursue in his Structured Computer Organization course.
Trevor is passionate about health and his research with the BioRG explores the roles of the microbiome in maintaining stability of host organisms and environments. His team has explored connections between the microbiome and ADHD, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, COPD, smoking, and red tides by taking a multi-omics approach that integrates DNA, RNA and metabolites using large-scale data processing, GPU computing and network analysis. He has several peer-reviewed publications with the BioRG including Bioinformatics, BMC, ICCABS, Evolutionary Biology, IWBBIO, and ACM TCBB.
Trevor is also lead developer of the software PluMA (http://biorg.cis.fiu.edu/pluma), which includes a community accessible plugin pool where users can contribute extensions to PluMA in the programming language of their choice and then integrate with other users’ plugins, with a goal of facilitating natural development of microbiome analysis by providing the opportunity for communal exchange of ideas and algorithms. PluMA currently has over seventy plugins in several different languages, and continues to grow.