Jeanette Baran-Gale

PhD Defense Date: April 4, 2016
Advisor(s): Praveen Sethupathy and Jeremy Purvis
Degree Type: PhD Curriculum, PhD Program: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Thesis Title: Dynamics of mRNA and microRNA expression in the estrogen response of breast cancer cells
Current Position:


Martin Buchkovich

PhD Defense Date: May 7, 2015
Advisor(s): Karen Mohlke and Terry Furey
Degree Type: PhD Curriculum, PhD Program: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Thesis Title: Identifying genetic mechanisms of cardiometabolic traits and diseases using quantitative sequence data
Current Position: Sr. Bioinformaticist 2 at Expression Analysis


Qing Duan

PhD Defense Date: May 5, 2016
Advisor(s): Yun Li
Degree Type: PhD Curriculum, PhD Program: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Thesis Title: Imputation-Based Genetic Association Analysis of Complex Traits in Admixed Populations
Current Position:


Ozgun Erdogan

PhD Defense Date: April 26, 2016
Advisor(s): Xian Chen
Degree Type: BCB Certificate, PhD Program: Biochemistry & Biophysics
Thesis Title: PROTEOMIC DISSECTION OF LPS-INDUCIBLE PHF8-DEPENDENT SECRETOME REVEALS NOVEL ROLES OF PHF8 IN TLR4-INDUCED ACUTE INFLAMMATION AND ACTIVATION OF ADAPTIVE IMMUNITY
Current Position:


Andrew Fant

PhD Defense Date:
Advisor(s): Alex Trophsa
Degree Type: BCB Certificate, PhD Program: Medicinal Chemistry
Thesis Title:
Current Position: Data Scientist, House of Bear Enterprises


Tim Jacobs

PhD Defense Date: October 6, 2015
Advisor(s): Brian Kuhlman
Degree Type: PhD Curriculum, PhD Program: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Thesis Title: De novo proteins designed from evolutionary principles
Current Position: Postdoc at UNC Chapel Hill


Shannon Jones

PhD Defense Date: March 21, 2016
Advisor(s): Laura Miller and Ty Hedrick
Degree Type: PhD Curriculum, PhD Program: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Thesis Title: A computational fluid dynamics study of the smallest flying insects
Current Position: Postdoc in Applied Physical Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill


Patrick Kimes

PhD Defense Date: May 5, 2015
Advisor(s): Yufeng Liu, Steve Marron and D. Neil Hayes
Degree Type: BCB Certificate, PhD Program: Statistics & Operations Research
Thesis Title: New Statistical Learning Approaches with Applications to RNA-seq Data
Current Position: Principal Scientist I, Bioinformatics at Roche Sequencing


Vinal Lakhani

PhD Defense Date: November 11, 2015
Advisor(s): Timothy Elston
Degree Type: PhD Curriculum, PhD Program: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Thesis Title: Testing the Theoretical Limit of Gradient Sensing in Yeast
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow; the Nationwide Children's Hospital Research Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine


Gen Li

PhD Defense Date:
Advisor(s): Haipeng Shen and Andrew Nobel
Degree Type: BCB Certificate, PhD Program: Statistics & Operations Research
Thesis Title:
Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Columbia University


Jin Li

PhD Defense Date: May 12, 2015
Advisor(s): Ethan Lange
Degree Type: PhD Curriculum, PhD Program: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Thesis Title: Genetic Association Studies: Application in the Investigation of Biomarkers Related to Cardiovascular Diseases and Study Design
Current Position:


Duncan McPherson

PhD Defense Date: May 8, 2016
Advisor(s): Joe Kieber
Degree Type: BCB Certificate, PhD Program: Genetics and Molecular Biology
Thesis Title: Using FAIRE in Arabidopsis and Rice to study change of chromatin conformation in response to cytokinin
Current Position:


John Mellnik

PhD Defense Date: April 30, 2015
Advisor(s): M. Greg Forest
Degree Type: PhD Curriculum, PhD Program: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Thesis Title: Microrheology and Heterogeneity in Biological Fluids: Approaches, Models and Applications
Current Position: CTO, Path BioAnalytics, Inc.


Sara Selitsky

PhD Defense Date: August 20, 2015
Advisor(s): Praveen Sethupathy and Stanley M. Lemon
Degree Type: PhD Curriculum, PhD Program: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Thesis Title: Small RNA transcriptomic analysis during chronic viral hepatitis and associated cancer
Current Position: Bioinformatics Scientist, UNC Chapel Hill


Joseph J. Shaffer Jr.

PhD Defense Date: March 25, 2015
Advisor(s): Aysenil Belger
Degree Type: BCB Certificate, PhD Program: Neurobiology
Thesis Title: Title: Functional MRI Correlates of Schizophrenia Negative Symptoms during Auditory Oddball Task and Resting State
Current Position: Post-doctoral position doing MRI research with Vince Magnotta at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.


Andy Shapiro

PhD Defense Date:
Advisor(s): Ivan Rusyn
Degree Type: BCB Certificate, PhD Program: Public Health
Thesis Title:
Current Position: Data Scientist at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)


Jenny Shi

PhD Defense Date: June 23, 2015
Advisor(s): Jan Hannig and Corbin Jones
Degree Type: BCB Certificate, PhD Program: Statistics & Operations Research
Thesis Title: Bayesian modeling for viral sequencing data and covariance estimation via fiducial inference
Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus


Grace Silva

PhD Defense Date: June 2, 2015
Advisor(s): Charles Perou
Degree Type: PhD Curriculum, PhD Program: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Thesis Title: Comprehensive Characterization of DNA Copy Number Alterations in Mouse and Human Breast Tumors
Current Position: Scientist, Computational Biology at Blueprint Medicines


Yi-hsuan Tsai

PhD Defense Date: March 4, 2015
Advisor(s): Zefeng Wang and Shawn Gomez
Degree Type: PhD Curriculum, PhD Program: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Thesis Title: Transcriptome-wide study of alternative splicing across multiple cancer types
Current Position: Bioinformatician at Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center


Matt Weiser

PhD Defense Date: August 4, 2015
Advisor(s): Terry Furey
Degree Type: PhD Curriculum, PhD Program: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Thesis Title: Probing the architecture of complex traits: functional genomics methods and applications
Current Position: Bioinformatician, Equinome/PlusVital


Guosheng Zhang

PhD Defense Date: April 7, 2016
Advisor(s): Yun Li
Degree Type: PhD Curriculum, PhD Program: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Thesis Title: Bioinformatics Tools for Exploring Regulatory Mechanisms
Current Position: Software Engineer, Google