Top data scientists from around the country will gather in the Rackham Building on Oct. 6 for a symposium to launch the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS), the centerpiece to the University’s recently announced $100 million investment in data science. The Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics Presents the Third Annual Gilbert S. Omenn Lectureship presented by David E. Shaw, Ph.D. - "Simulating the Motion of Proteins and Drug Molecules: Implications for Science and Medicine"

Bioinformatics Program Alumni

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Name Current Title Employer Dissertation
Subramanian Shankar Ajay Subramanian Shankar Ajay

Senior Bioinformatics Scientist

Illumina, Inc.

Novel Bioinformatics Approaches for MicroRNA Detection and Target Prediction
Drishti Kaul Basel Al-Barghouthi

Ph.D. Student

University of Virginia

Raquel Assis Raquel Assis

Assistant Professor of Biology

Eberly College of Science, Pennsylvania State University

Origin and Evolution of Novel Sequences by Gene Duplication
Oscar Alejandro Balbin Oscar Alejandro Balbin

Investigator I in Bioinformatics

Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research

Identifying Novel Targetable Genes and Pathways in Cancer by Integrating Diverse Omics Data
Chaitanya Bandlamudi Chaitanya Bandlamudi

Ph.D. Student

University of Chicago, Dept. of Human Genetics

Michael Bell Michael Bell

Software Engineer

TechSmith, Corp.

Mark Benson Mark Benson

NCBI Contractor

TAJ Technologies, Inc.

Binding MOAD (Mother of All Databases)
Stewart Chang Stewart Chang

Computational Biologist

Intellectual Ventures

Multi-Scale Modeling of Antigen Presentation With Applications to Tuberculosis
Ji Chen Ji Chen

Business Analytics Manager

eBay, Inc.

Identification of Global and Specific Gene Expression Patterns Based on Microarray
Yili Chen Yili Chen

Data Scientist (Manager)

Pfizer, Inc.

Integrative Analysis of Transcriptional Regulation Using Computational Approaches
Yu Chen Yu Chen

Software Engineer

Google, Inc.

Protein Structural Alignment and Application for Fold Recognition
Shanshan Cheng Shanshan Cheng Delineating Structural Characteristics of Viral Capsid Proteins Critical for their Functional Assembly
Nick Comment Nick Comment

Lead Data Scientist

Tenizen, Inc.

Chad Creighton Chad Creighton

Asst. Professor of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine

Comparing Gene Expression Profiles of Cell Culture Models with Profiles of Tumor Xenografts and Patient Tumors : Implications for Lung and Breast Cancers
Lan Dai Lan Dai

Associate Scientist

Genentech, Inc.

The Application of Mass Spectrometry-Based Label-Free Quantitative Proteomic Strategies in Cancer Stem Cell Research
Michael DeGiorgio Michael DeGiorgio

Assistant Professor of Biology

Eberly College of Science, Pennsylvania State University

Genetic Variation and Modern Human Origins
Casey Diekman Casey Diekman

Assistant Professor

New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark)

Modeling and Analysis of Electrical Network Activity in Neuronal Systems
Joseph Donohoe Joseph Donohoe

Informatics & Special Projects Lead

Mountain Pacific Quality Health

Evaluating the Methodology and Clinical Utility of Spatial Access to Health Care Measures in Appalachia
Ascia Eskin Ascia Eskin

Programmer Analyst II


Jayson Falkner Jayson Falkner

Software Engineer

Counsyl, Inc.

Aggregation, Dissemination, and Analysis of High-throughput Scientific Data Sets in the Field of Proteomics
Damian Fermin Damian Fermin


Yale School of Medicine

Use of Proteomics as a Method of Enhancing Genome Annotation
Mallory Freeberg Mallory Freeberg

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dept. of Biology, Johns Hopkins University

Computational Analysis of the Post-Transcriptional Gene Regulatory Network
Teal Guidici Teal Guidici

Ph.D. Student

University of Michigan

Omar Halawa Omar Halawa

Anesthesiology Resident

Oregon Health & Science University

Patrick Harrington Patrick Harrington

Team Lead & Director of Engineering


Inverse Problems in High Dimensional Stochastic Systems Under Uncertainty
Andrew Hodges Andrew Hodges

Bioinformatics Specialist

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

Bayesian Network Approaches for Refining and Expanding Cellular and Immunological Pathways
Juichi (“Lucy”) Huang Juichi (“Lucy”) Huang


McKinsey & Co.

Integrative Statistical Learning with Applications to Predicting Features of Diseases and Health
Yongsheng Huang Yongsheng Huang

Research Staff

Merck, Inc.

Integrative Statistical Learning with Applications to Predicting Features of Diseases and Health
Junguk Hur Junguk Hur

Assistant Professor

University of North Dakota

Integration of Text Mining with Systems Biology Provides New Insight into the Pathogenesis of Diabetic Neuropathy
Kathryn Iverson Kathryn Iverson

Applications Programmer

University of Michigan, Microbiology & Immunology Dept.

Matthew Iyer Matthew Iyer

MSTP Student

University of Michigan

Discovery and characterization of long non-coding RNAs in cancer transcriptomes
Doug Jacobsen Doug Jacobsen

NERSC Systems Engineer

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

An Investigation of the Roles of Magnesium Ions in the Catalytic Cycle of the Protein Kinase CDK2: A Molecular Link between Allosteric Activation and Catalytic Activity
Sunit Jain Sunit Jain

Bioinformatics Specialist

Univesity of Michigan, Michigan Geomicrobiology Lab

Ethan Jewett Ethan Jewett

Postdoctoral Fellow, EECS Dept.

University of CA-Berkeley

Cole Johnson Cole Johnson

Assoc. Project Mgr.

University of Chicago Tech

Drishti Kaul Drishti Kaul

Intern, Microbial & Environmental Genomics Dept.

J. Craig Venter Institute

Reagan Kelly Reagan Kelly

Bioinformatics Scientist

SRA International

The Development and Application of a Risk Index to Predict Individualized Chronic Disease Risk
Nickolay Khazanov Nickolay Khazanov

Bioinformatics Scientist III

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.

Large-Scale Analysis of Protein-Ligand Binding Sites using the Binding MOAD Database
Jung Kim Jung Kim

Data Scientist

Progenity, Inc.

Characterization of Copy Number Aberrations and Epigenetic Modifications in Prostate Cancer
Aditi Kulkarni Aditi Kulkarni

Java Developer and Consultant

Sapio Sciences, LLC.

Bo Li Bo Li

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dana Farber Cancer Center, Harvard Medical School

Development and Application of Novel Methods to Study Tumor Heterogeneity and Cancer Genome Evolution
Xing Li Xing Li

Bioinformatics Scientist

Mayo Clinic

Bioinformatic Analysis of Epithelial:Mesenchymal Crosstalk during Mouse Gut Development and Patterning
Yu-Hsuan Lin

Software Development Engineer

Microsoft, Inc.

Analysis of, and Software Development for, ChIP-Seq and RNA-Seq Data
Arun Manoharan Arun Manoharan

Senior Bioinformatics Analyst

Recombine, Inc.

The Landscape of C. elegans 3'UTRs
Datta Mellacheruvu Datta Mellacheruvu

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Michigan

A Computational and Informatics Framework for the Analysis of Affinity Purification Mass Spectrometry Data and Reconstruction of Protein Interaction Networks
Kevin Meng Kevin Meng

Bioinformatics Specialist

Lycera, Inc.

Brittany Nelson Brittany Nelson

Software Test Developer

Smart Technologies

Satwikeshwar Palagiri Satwikeshwar Palagiri


ArkaBio Research Technologies, Inc.

Manjusha Pande Manjusha Pande

Bioinformatics Analyst Sr.

University of Michigan, Bioinformatics Core

Ryan Ptashkin Ryan Ptashkin

Computational Biologist

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Yindra Puentes Yindra Puentes

Medical Editor


Arvind Rao Arvind Rao

Assistant Professor

University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center

Prospective Identification of Long-range Transcriptional Regulatory Regions via Integrative Genomics
Daniel Rhodes Daniel Rhodes

VP Oncology

ThermoFisher Scientific, Inc.

Development and integrative analysis of a cancer gene expression database
Lee Sam Lee Sam Integrative bioinformatics in the age of massive throughput sequencing: from the transcriptome to the proteome in prostate cancer
Conner Iknokwayyo Sandefur Conner Iknokwayyo Sandefur

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of North Carolina

Defining Chemical Reaction Mechanisms Associated with Threshold Phenomena in Conformational Diseases
Preethi Sankaranarayanan Preethi Sankaranarayanan

Ph.D. Student

University of Utah

Keerthi Sannareddy Keerthi Sannareddy

Bioinformatics Analyst

Cancer Research UK

Carlos Santos Carlos Santos


Retinapharma Technologies, Inc.

Automated Natural-Language Processing for Integration and Functional Annotation of Complex Biological Systems
Sirarat Sarntivijai Sirarat Sarntivijai

Bioinformatician – Ontologist

Biovest International, Inc.

Novel Integrative Bioinformatics Approaches to Biomedical Ontology Practice for Translational Informatics
Paul Saxman Paul Saxman

Developer Partnership Lead

Google, Inc.

Yasin Senbabaoglu Yasin Senbabaoglu

Postdoctoral Researcher

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Developing and Application of Statistical Algorithms for High-Demensional Biological Data Analysis
Abhik Shah Abhik Shah

Bioinformatics Scientist

Mechanistic Bayesian Networks for Integrating Knowledge and Data to Unravel Biological Complexity
Erin Shellman

Research Scientist II

Amazon Web Services

Network Motifs Provide Signatures That Characterize Metabolism and Produce Novel Insights into the Evolutionary History of the Eukaryotic Cell
Tanu Soni Tanu Soni

Metabolomics Biostatician

University of Michigan, Metabolomics Core

Krithika Srinivasan Krithika Srinivasan

Bioinformatics Analyst

Ocimum Biosolutions, Inc.

Kraig Stevenson Kraig Stevenson

Data Scientist

Trinity Health

The Evolution of Gene Regulation in Drosophila
Viktoriya Strumba Viktoriya Strumba Association Analyses of Known Genetic Variants with Gene Expression in Brain
Gang Su Gang Su

Data Mining Scientist and Consultant

Med Data Quest

Omics Data Exploration: Across Scales and Dimensions
James Sweeney James Sweeney

System Specialist

Fidessa, Corp.

Zachary Szpiech Zachary Szpiech

Postdoctoral Scholar

School of Pharmacy, University of CA-San Francisco

Human Migration, Population Divergence, and the Accumulation of Deleterious Alleles: Insights from Private Genetic Variation and Whole-exome Sequencing
Barry Taylor Barry Taylor

Associate Director, Center for Molecular Oncology

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Christopher Taylor Christopher Taylor

Senior Software Engineer

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.

Peter Ulintz Peter Ulintz

Bioinformatics Sr. Developer

University of Michigan

Mining Deeper into the Proteome: Computational Strategies for Improving Depth and Breadth of Coverage in High-Throughput Protein Identification Studies
Jenna Van Liere Jenna Van Liere

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Johns Hopkins University

Artur Veloso Artur Veloso

Oncology Bioinformatics Investigator I

Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research

Insights into Transcription through Nascent RNA Sequencing
P. Balaji Venkatasubramanian P. Balaji Venkatasubramanian

Ph.D. Student

Wageningen University

Huy Vuong Huy Vuong

Bioinformatics Scientist

Ambry Genetics

Bioinformatics Analysis of Humoral Immune Response and Protein Microarray for Biomarker Discovery
Adrienne Walts Adrienne Walts

Database Architect

University of Minnesota, Clinical & Translational Science Inst.

Chaolong Wang Chaolong Wang

Senior Investigator

Genome Institute of Singapore

Statistical Methods for Analyzing Human Genetic Variation in Diverse Populations
No Image Silhouette Yongjia Wang

Head of Data Science

The Mobile Majority

Ryan Welch Ryan Welch

Research Associate Specialist Lead

University of Michigan

Bioinformatics Software and Methods for Genome-wide Association and ChIP-Seq Studies
Thomas Wolfe Thomas Wolfe
Michelle Leigh Wynn  Michelle Leigh Wynn

James S. McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Michigan

Unraveling the Complex Regulatory Relationships between Metabolism and Signal Transduction in Breast Cancer
Jinrui Xu Jinrui Xu
Chenyi Xue Chenyi Xue

Application Developer, Dept. of Cardiovascular Medicine

University of PA

Jianjun Yu Jianjun Yu

Investigator III

Novartis Oncology, Inc.

Bioinformatics Analysis of 'Omics' Data Towards Cancer Diagnosis and Prognosis
Chunchao Zhang Chunchao Zhang

Postdoctoral Fellow

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Analysis of Post-translational Modifications of Histones and Myelin Basic Protein: Crosstalk and Beyond
Peng Zhang

Statistical Geneticist

Center for Inherited Disease Research (CIDR), Johns Hopkins University: Baltimore, MD

The Road to Identifying Disease Causing Genes: Association Tests, Genotype Imputations, and Sampling Strategies for Sequencing Studies
Yan Zhang Yan Zhang

Postdoctoral Fellow

Yale University

Network Discovery in Equilibrium-state and Dynamic Data: Applications to Phosphoproteomics and Kinetics
Dongxiao Zhu Dongxiao Zhu

Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science, Wayne State University

Reconstructing Signaling Pathways from High Throughput Data
Daniel Zinder Daniel Zinder