Matteo Pellegrini

Matteo Pellegrini

Director

Director Matteo Pellegrini is a biophysicist who has served on the UCLA Life Sciences Division faculty since he joined the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology in 2005. Dr. Pellegrini earned his B.A. in Physics at Columbia University and his Ph.D. in Physics at Stanford. He was a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA, where he worked on computational biology. Following his postdoctoral studies Dr. Pellegrini co-founded a start-up company and later worked for the pharmaceutical company Merck before returning to UCLA. His laboratory research centers on the development of novel computational approaches to reverse engineer biomolecular networks. Professor Pellegrini is also a member of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI).Email : matteop@mcdb.ucla.edu

Sorel Fitz-Gibbon

Sorel Fitz-Gibbon

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Sorel Fitz-Gibbon is an assistant researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Matteo Pellegrini. Dr. Fitz-Gibbon did her undergraduate work in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UCLA and also received her Ph.D. there, in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Her QCB research is on the bioinformatics aspect of a project to sequence and analyze the genomes of C. reinhardtii laboratory strains. Email: sorel@ucla.edu

Marcus Gallagher-Jones

Marcus Gallagher-Jones

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Marcus Gallagher-Jones is a postdoctoral fellow working in the Rodriguez lab at UCLA. He received his BS in Biochemsitry from Durham University and his PhD in Biophysics from University of Liverpool before working for 2 years in the department of Physics at UCLA. His main interests are in structural analysis across many length-scales (atomic to whole cell) using electron and x-ray diffraction. His expertise include: structural biology, algorithm design, digital image processing, phase retrieval and tomographic reconstruction. Email: marcusgj@chem.ucla.edu

Yerbol Kurmangaliev

Yerbol Kurmangaliev

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Yerbol Kurmangaliev is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Professor S. Lawrence Zipursky. He earned a M.S. degree in Biochemistry at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2006. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics at Kharkevich Institute for information transmission problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2011 under the supervision of Professor Mikhail S. Gelfand. Before joining to UCLA he was a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Professor Sergey V. Nuzhdin at USC. His previous research interests have been primarily focused on genetic basis of gene expression.

Fides Lay

Fides Lay

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Fides Lay is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr.Hanna Mikkola. Her current research focuses on elucidating the transcriptional machineries controlling fate commitment and self-renewal during normal hematopoiesis and understanding how these processes are hijacked during leukemogenesis. When not in lab, she enjoys running, kickboxing, going to concerts, eating unhealthy amount of chocolates, and basking in the warm Los Angeles sun.

Nicholas Mancuso

Nicholas Mancuso

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Nicholas Mancuso is currently a post-doctoral researcher in computational/statistical genetics in Bogdan Pasaniuc’s lab. My research interests include developing computational methods to infer population parameters from low-coverage sequencing data, fine-mapping associations between complex trait and gene expression, and elucidating the role of rare genetic variation in complex traits.

Serghei Mangul

Serghei Mangul

Postdoctoral Fellow

Serghei Mangul is a postdoctoral fellow at computational genetics group led by Eleazar Eskin which is affiliated with both the Computer Science Department and the Human Genetics Department. His research interests include development of integrated methods for high-throughput genomic data analysis. Before joining UCLA, Dr. Mangul received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics at Moldova State University in 2007 and M.S. and Ph.D. in Bioinformatics at Georgia State University in 2012. His general interests include computational biology, bioinformatics, next-generation sequencing, high-throughput genomics, discrete algorithms and combinatorial optimization. Email: serghei@cs.ucla.edu

Daria Merkurjev

Daria Merkurjev

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Daria Merkurjev is a postdoc at UCLA working in the laboratories of Dr. Jake Lusis, Dr. Caius Radu, and Dr. Grace Xiao. Dr. Daria Merkurjev did her undergraduate work in Mathematics at UCLA and has received her Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at UCSD under Dr. Michael Rosenfeld. Her Ph.D. research focused on investigating the molecular and architectural strategies responsible for integrating genome-wide transcriptional responses to diverse signaling systems critical for physiological and behavioral processes in vertebrates. Her research also includes understanding the factors affecting susceptibility to cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. Email: dariamerkurjev@gmail.com

Simon Mitchell

Simon Mitchell

Postdoctoral Fellow

Simon Mitchell is a postdoc in computational systems biology working with Professor Alexander Hoffmann. He is working in constructing mathematical simulations of immune systems and cancer. Prior to joining UCLA, his undergraduate studies in computer science and math led him to a PhD investigating the computational modeling of human iron metabolism at the University of Manchester. Dr. Mitchell’s general interests lie in programming, computational biology, mathematical modeling, sensitivity analyses and translational research. Email: Simon.Mitchell@ucla.edu

Thiago Mosqueiro

Thiago Mosqueiro

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Thiago S. Mosqueiro is a Post-Doctoral researcher at the Pinter-Wollman lab (UCLA), primarily working with data analysis and simulations involving learning and behavior of honey bees. His main research interests are mathematical and computational modeling applied to systems biology, especially neuroscience. He received his BS and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of São Paulo (USP). During his Ph.D., he was a visiting graduate student at the BioCircuits Institute (BCI) and the Rady School of Management, at University of California San Diego (UCSD). Thiago has also contributed to research in applied fields, such as Machine Learning, Data Analysis of Chemical Sensors, and Cloud Computing.

Marco Morselli

Marco Morselli

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Marco Morselli is currently a post-doc in the Lab of Professor Matteo Pellegrini. He received his bachelor and master degrees in Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Parma, Italy. He earned his PhD at UCLA focusing on the crosstalk between histone modifications and DNA methylation. Outside of the lab, Marco enjoys cooking, running, cycling and playing soccer.

Alice Mouton

Alice Mouton

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Alice Mouton is an Assistant Project Scientist in Robert Wayne laboratory in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Her current researches focus on applying gene expression methodologies (RNA-seq and RRBS) to study non model organisms (bobcat, island fox) in a context of conservation.

Baochen Shi

Baochen Shi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Baochen Shi is a postdoc working with Dr. Huiying Li in the department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology. By studying genomes and transcriptomes of the microorganisms living inside and on the humans, he aims to understand how human microbiome play a role in health and disease. Prior to joining UCLA, he completed his Ph.D. in the bioinformatics lab of Prof. Runsheng Chen in the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Email: biosbc@ucla.edu

Trent Su

Trent Su

Postdoctoral Fellow

Trent Su is a postdoctoral fellow at Dr. Siavash Kurdistani lab in the Department of Biological Chemistry. In collaboration with Dr. Arnie Berk lab, his research focus on using high-throughput genomics methods to study genome-wide epigenetic changes induced by Adenoviral oncoprotein e1a which upon expression forces stationary host cells into S phase. Dr. Su received his B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. Afterwards, he received his M.S. in Computer Science at UC Irvine where he co-written a java web application for Systems Biology pathway modeling. He completed his PhD training in the Kurdistani lab and received his PhD in Oral Biology at UCLA School of Dentistry. His current interests include writing custom python scripts for high-throughput sequencing analysis and mining cancer mutation databases. Email: ytsu@ucla.edu

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Michael Thompson received a BA in physics from Boston University, a PhD in biophysics from the University of Michigan. Over his research career, Michael has invented quantitative methods for predicting protein structure from evolutionary information, prion proteins from sequence determinants, and gene function from co-evolution. Michael is currently working with Prof. Pellegrini and Prof. Horvath to illuminate the role of DNA methylation in cancer and aging.

Don Vaughn

Don Vaughn

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Don Vaughn is a neuroscience PhD student at UCLA. His research has included functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), perceptual psychophysics, and sensory substitution. As an imager, Don uses fMRI to research neural correlates of freewill and how group social dynamics modulate empathy. In psychophics, Don investigated how information after an event has occurred influences perception of the event - an effect dubbed postdiction. Don now applies multivariate classification and non-parametric statistics to bioinformatics datasets.

Michael Weinstein

Michael Weinstein

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Michael Weinstein is a project scientist with research focused on skeletal dysplasias and optimizing tools for genetic engineering. His interests include metabolism as it pertains to cardiovascular disease, bone development, and automation of computational biology pipelines for variant discovery. When not in the lab or coding, he can often be found taking martial arts classes at the UCLA Wooden Center.

Weihong Yan

Weihong Yan

Galaxy Administrator

Dr. Weihong Yan is the system administrator of Galaxy. She constructs and maintains software and hardware needed for bioinformatics application. Dr. Wang provides consultation services on microarray, proteomic and genomic data analysis. Email : wyan@chem.ucla.edu

Ying Zhen

Ying Zhen

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Ying Zhen is a postdoc working with Kirk Lohmueller and Tom Smith. Her research focuses on using NGS data to study the demographic history and natural selection of non-model species from Central Africa. Ying was a postdoc with Peter Andolfatto at Princeton University, working on convergent evolution in insects and gene expression evolution in Drosophila. She received her Ph.D. from Kansas State University where she worked on evolution of freezing tolerance.