Contact information

Address: Computer Science Department,
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA 02125 USA
Office: I recently moved to M03-201-04 (McCormack building, 3rd floor, room 201-04)
Email: nurit dot haspel at umb dot edu
Phone: 617-287-6414

About me

I am a 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.

I am the CS Undergraduate program director. See forms and information here

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.


  • Advanced data structures and algorithms (CS310)
  • Analysis of algorithms (CS624)
  • Applied Discrete Mathematics (CS220, formerly CS/Math320)
  • Algorithms in Bioinformatics (CS612, approx. every three semesters.)

Past courses

  • Higher level languages (CS450, Spring 2018)
  • Science gateway seminar(CS187/188, Fall 2013-Spring 2014.)
  • IB/CSCI Introductory seminar (INTRD-601)