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Lenore Cowen

Computer Science

Lenore Cowen

Computer Science

Phone 617-627-5134
Halligan Hall, Room 107A
161 College Avenue, Medford, MA
data science, graph algorithms, distributed algorithms, approximate routing, classification and clustering for high-dimensional data, coloring and its generalizations, computational molecular biology

Lenore Cowen is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Mathematics. After finishing her Ph.D. in mathematics at MIT in 1993, she was an NSF postdoctoral fellow and then joined the faculty of the Mathematical Sciences Department (now the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department) at Johns Hopkins University. She joined Tufts in 2001. Her research interests span three areas: discrete mathematics, algorithms, and computational molecular biology. She is the director of T-TRIPODS, an institute that brings together a cross-disciplinary team of faculty in mathematics, computer science, and electrical and computer engineering who develop and share their expertise in data science with faculty and students in fields outside their own.

Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, MIT, 1993
B.A., Mathematics, Yale University, 1987
Professional Experience: 

Department of Computer Science, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2009-present: Professor
  • 2000-2009: Associate Professor

Joint Appointment, Department of Mathematics, Tufts University School of Arts & Sciences


Department of Mathematics Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

  • 2000-2001: Associate Professor
  • 1994-2000: Assistant Professor

Visiting Scientist, Lab for Computer Science, MIT


Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mathematics, Rutgers University


Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, University of Minnesota

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2020: Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award, National Center for Women & Information Technology
2020: Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award, Computing Research Association-Education
1999: Emmaline Bigelow Conland Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute
1996: Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research
1993: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Science Foundation
Selected Professional Activities: 
2013-2015: Vice Chair, SIAM Activity Group in Discrete Mathematics
2008-2013: Member, Editorial Board, SIAM Review
Professional Memberships: 
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
American Mathematical Society (AMS)
Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
International Society for Computational Biology (ICSB)
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
COMP/MATH-0061: Discrete Mathematics
COMP-0150-GT: Graph Theory
COMP-0150-BCB: Hot Topics in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
COMP-0160: Algorithms
COMP-0167: Computational Biology
COMP-0170: Computation Theory
COMP-0260: Advanced Algorithms