Contact information

Address: Computer Science Department,
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA 02125 USA
Office: S-3-071 (Science building, 3rd floor, room 71)
Email: nurit dot haspel at umb dot edu
Phone: 617-287-6414

About me

I am an associate professor in the department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Before that I was a postdoctoral research associate with the Physical and Biological Computing group at Rice University. I graduated from the Department of Computer Science in Tel Aviv University, Israel, where I was a member of the structural bioinformatics group.

Research Interests

My research lies in the areas of computational structural biology and structural bioinformatics. My goal is to better understand the structure and flexibility of proteins, to model conformational changes in proteins, and to design novel nano-structures which may contribute to the understanding of the self-assembly properties of proteins and facilitate experimental nano-design. In my research, I focus on both the development of novel algorithms and the application of state-of-the-art existing methodologies to various problems in molecular biology, nanobiology and biochemistry.
A detailed (albeit not always updated...) description of my past and present research can be found here.


I am on sabbatical leave at Boston University in Spring 2017.

Past courses

  • Advanced data structures and algorithms (CS310), since Fall 2009
  • Analysis of algorithms (CS624, Spring 2010, 2012, 2015, Fall 2015)
  • Algorithms in Bioinformatics (CS612, Spring 2010, 2012, 2014.)
  • Science gateway seminar(CS187/188, Fall 2013-Spring 2014.)