Dr. Chen started as student co-op in the lab in 2012 and officially joined in 2015. He is now a research associate in the lab, focusing on building bioinformatics analysis tools and prediction pipelines. Dr. Chen's research projects involve cis-regulatory element analysis and prediction, the association between disease and transcription factors, and candidate disease variant prioritization. Dr. Chen's latest research interest involves integrating deep neural network approaches into biological sequence data analysis.
PhD Student, UC Biomedical Informatics
Phillip trained as a computer scientist before transitioning into bioinformatics. He is currently a PhD student in the Biomedical Informatics program at the University of Cincinnati. His research in the lab of Dr. Matt Weirauch focuses on the interaction between viral infection and complex human disease.
Omer is a research assistant performing functional genomics experiments at the bench, primarily ChIP-seq and ATAC-seq. Computationally, he analyzes most NGS data generated in the lab and from collaborators. Omer earned his BS in Environmental Studies from the University of Cincinnati in 2014 and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics from Penn State in 2019.
Katelyn earned her BS in biology from Northern Kentucky University in 2017, where she conducted undergraduate research under the supervision of Dr. Christine Curran. Since joining the Weirauch Lab in 2018, her role has been to assist in the study of the effects of rs1131665, a genetic variant within IRF7 that is associated with systemic lupus erythematosus.
Dr. Edsall is from Northern New York and has a BS in computer science from Hartwick College, an MS in bioinformatics from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in genetics and genomics from Duke University. She is a computational biologist interested in gene regulation, disease susceptibility, and primate evolution. She joined the Weirauch laboratory in March of 2020 and her projects include autoimmune diseases as well as viral transcription factors.
Kevin is the systems administrator, front-end web developer, and data plumber for the Weirauch Lab. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering and Applied Science, with a degree in Computer Science.
Carmy earned her BS in biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 2016. As a research assistant in the lab, her main role is coordinating and processing patient samples collected for the Cincinnati Autoimmune Registry and Repository. She spends much of her lab time maintaining EBV transformed B cells and various cell lines for ongoing experiments. In general, she ensures a safe and organized working environment within the lab.
PhD Candidate, UC Biomedical Informatics
Mike is a Cincinnati local, having grown up in the area and attended Northern Kentucky University, earning a BS in computer science and a BS in biochemistry. He is now a PhD candidate in the biomedical informatics program at The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, in the lab of Dr. Matt Weirauch. His main research focuses on improving the predictive capacity of polygenic risk scores, he also investigates the association between pathogenic organisms and complex human diseases.
Sreeja Parameswaran is a computational physicist. Her role in the Weirauch lab entails the management, methodology development, and data analysis of large-scale genetics and genomics data sets.
Dr. Sutharzan joined the lab as a research fellow in early 2021. He is a bioinformatician by training, conducting biomedical research intent on improving healthcare. His research focuses on developing bioinformatics pipelines, algorithms, and machine learning models for next-generation sequencing data analysis. Apart from conducting biomedical research, he enjoys reading fiction and hiking.
Dr. Syed is from India and has a PhD in Biotechnology from University of Pune, India. He is an experimental biologist with interests in gene regulation, viral and mammalian transcription factors. He joined Weirauch lab in 2018 and his projects include viral transcription factors, Cytomegalovirus and Herpes simplex virus.
PhD Candidate, UC Molecular and Developmental Biology
Kenyatta earned her B.A. in Molecular Biology from Kenyon College and is interested in the genetic variation of the Epstein-Barr Virus. She uses computational and experimental techniques to understand how variations within the transcription factor, Epstein-Barr Nuclear Antigen 2, affect host gene regulation and how this potentially relates to disease.
Dr. VonHandorf earned a BS in Biology from Xavier University and a PhD in Toxicology from The University of Cincinnati. He is interested in applying multi-omics studies to better understand molecular mechanisms of oncogenesis and joined Dr. Weirauch's lab as a Research Fellow in 2020 to investigate how viral transcriptional regulation contributes to the HPV-positive subtype of head and neck cancers.
Matt Weirauch, PhD
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