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Yin, Maya

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Bioinformatics, Computational Biology

“I am interested in designing statistical analysis methods for microbiome-metabolome and/or single-cell data. I am interested in applying the methods to studying neurological disorders or marine microorganisms. I am looking forward to doing mostly computational work but with some wet lab experiments or fieldwork components.”

Taylor, Colin

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Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Systems Biology

“I’ve really enjoyed working with imaging data in the past, and I’d love a chance to return to something involving optics (although I have a weak physics background- I would mainly be focused on the processing of images, not the acquisition of them). I’m also interested in synthetic biology, although I don’t think my particular skillset suits it very well.”

Sofian, Christina

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Bacteriology, Bioinformatics, Immunology

“My background and previous work are in bacteriology and immunology. While I would like to further my understanding on these topics, I am also interested in learning more about bioinformatics and its application related to my interests.”

Martin, Carmen

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Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Gene Therapy, Genetic Basis of Disease, Genomics

“Research the relationship between genetic variation and genetic disease with different computational tools. Understanding the genetic basis of the disease and how the variations can be manipulated to find areas for gene therapy and increase human health.”

Liu, Amy

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Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Computational Biology

“I am interested in computational protein design and developing new tools for the task. Whether it’s for developing new therapeutics, breaking down toxins in the environment, or perhaps as detectors that can be used as a research tool, the problems protein design can address is limited only by our imagination.”

Huizar, Kaitlyn

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Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Developmental Biology, Neurobiology

“I am broadly interested in developmental neurobiology in the context of psychiatric illnesses and learning disabilities. Within this scope, I am interested in studying time periods ranging from perinatal through adolescence and am flexible with techniques and model systems.

Some topics of interest within include: alcohol and drug abuse, pharmacology, sleep, nutrition, stress exposure, cognition, genetics/epigenetics, biochemistry/cell/molecular biology, bioinformatics/computational biology. To list some techniques of interest: wet lab/biochemical assays, imaging (both tissue staining and fMRI), animal/human behavioral assays, and computational algorithms.”

Deal, Milena

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Bioinformatics, Genetics, Genomics

“I am interested in examining the heritability of complex disease using genomics. I want to use both bioinformatics and experimental techniques to work toward this goal. I have interest in other subject areas as well, such as microbiology, but do want to focus on labs that have computational PhD students.”

Campillo Minano, Beatriz

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Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Genetics

“I am interested in developing computational methods and algorithms for solving biological questions. I would like to focus on machine-learning approaches for genetics or structural biology. I am also interested in the development of this approaches as software tools or pipelines to ensure their generalizable usage”

Schrank, Travis

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Pathobiology & Translational Science

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Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Cancer Biology, Cancer Signaling & Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, Computational Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Genomics, Molecular Biology, Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, Translational Medicine, Virology

I am a surgeon-scientist specialized in head and neck cancers. My goal is to address translationalquestions with genomic data and bioinformatic methods, as well as benchtop experimentation. My clinical practice as a head and neck cancer surgeon also influences my research by helping me seek solutions to problems that will directly inform gaps in the current treatment protocols.

I have developed a strong interest in HPV genomics as well as HPV/host genome integrations, as these factors are intrinsically related to transcriptional diversity and patient outcomes in HPV-associated head and neck cancers. Our work has helped to demonstrate that a novel mechanism of HPV-mediated oncogenesis requiring NF-kB activation is present in nearly 50% of oropharyngeal tumors. In this vein, we are aggressively investigating the cellular interplay between the NF-kB pathway and persistent HPV infection, tumor radiation response, NRF2 signaling, and more.

Another outgrowth of this work has been investigating APOBEC3B and its non-canonical roles in regulating transcription. Our preliminary work has demonstrated that APOBEC3B has surprisingly strong transcriptional effects in HPV+ HNSCC cells and may promote oncogenesis and tumor maintenance by suppressing the innate immune response and influencing the HPV viral lifecycle.

Our group also have a strong interest in translational genomic studies. Our group is working to develop methods that will make gene expression-based biomarkers more successful in the clinic, as well as studying many aspects of genomic alterations that contribute to the development of squamous cell carcinomas.

Popov, Konstantin
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Biochemistry & Biophysics, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

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Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Drug Discovery

The Popov Lab develops inventive, cutting-edge approaches to solve problems in modern computational structural biology and drug discovery. Their computational research, in collaboration with experimental screening and medicinal chemistry efforts in the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery enables the identification of novel chemical probes and drug candidates to advance understanding of biological processes.