Hande Küçük McGinty | Assistant Professor

Ph.D. - 2018, University of Miami
Computer Science
M.S. - 2010, Eastern Michigan University

Computer Science
B.S. - 2007, Bilkent University
Computer Engineering

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Professional experience

Hande Küçük McGinty received her bachelor’s degree in computer engineering at Bilkent University in 2007 and her master’s degree in computer science at Eastern Michigan University in 2010. She worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany, before she finished her doctoral degree in computer science from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She worked with the USDA at Ohio University before joining the computer science department at K-State in 2022.


McGinty has a long history of working with interdisciplinary teams. Her most recent research focuses on food, agriculture and bio-ontologies and their applications for artificial intelligence and machine learning. She previously worked on designing and implementing semantic web technologies and ontologies as well as generating methods and implementing tools for knowledge acquisition and representation. McGinty has served several conferences and workshops.

Research keywords

Food informatics, bioinformatics, semantic web, machine learning, artificial intelligence, deep learning, data science, ontologies, knowledge acquisition and representation, cheminformatics

Academic highlights

McGinty has a long history of collaborating with the National Institute of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has authored more than 14 peer-reviewed articles and has a book chapter about her methodology for building concordant ontologies. She designed and implemented several ontologies that became industry standards for annotating drug discovery research. She is the general chair of the US2TS 2022 conference and is helping organize ICBO 2022, as well as several workshops for food ontologies. She has been serving the scientific community as a member of the review committee at the ISMB conferences since 2011.