Research Mentors

Institution and Department

Research Focus

Chakra Chennubhotla

Pitt – Computational Biology

Develop new image analysis methods for (i) Extracting spatio-temporal correlation hirarchy from neuronal activation profiles, (ii) Reconstructing neuronal structure from histological data, and (iii) Building automated segmentation algorithms for sub-cellular structures from microcopty data. (sample project)

Yang Liu

Pitt – Bioengineering

Developing optical imaging instruments, signal and image processing tools to improve the early detection of cancer.

Sandra Murray

Pitt – Cell Biology and Physiology

Role of gap junctions and cell-to-cell communication in endocrine cell proliferation, migration, differentiation, and hormone production using time-lapse video microscopy, transmission immuno-electron microscopy, and molecular biological techniques

Ian Sigal

Pitt – Ophthalmology

Computational and experimental methods to understand the biomechanics of the eye and soft tissue remodeling.

Tim Verstynen

CMU - Psychology and CNBC

Structure-function associations in response selection and sensorimotor skill learning.

Art Wetzel

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Image processing and large data handling, 10s of TBytes, for neural circuit reconstruction from optical and electron microscopy. This work involves both biological analysis and computational program development.

Jianhua Xing

Pitt – Computational Biology

Computational and experimental quantitative biology approaches to study the dynamics and (genetic and epigenetic) regulatory mechanism of cell phenotype changes. The lab is highly interdisciplinary including physics, mathematical and computational modeling, and cell biology studies. (sample project)