Dr. Thakar is a part of The Computational Modeling of Biological Systems (SysMod) Community of Special Interest (COSI) of the International Society for Computational Biology. ISCB is an important resource for computational biology research and application. There are several other COSI organized by research interests, which can be found here. I am also active member of Network Science community.
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