Research Mentors

Institution and Department

Research Focus

Takis Benos

Pitt – Computational Biology

Protein-DNA interactions and the development of new tools for efficient ID of transcriptional regulatory signals.

Vaughn Cooper

Pitt – Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Understanding how bacterial populations evolve and adapt to colonize hosts and cause disease. By studying evolution-in-action, both in experimental populations and in ongoing infections, and using the latest methods in genomic sequencing, we seek to identify mechanisms of bacterial adaptation in vitro and in vivo.

Miler Lee

Pitt – Biological Sciences

Gene regulation during early development and cellular reprogramming; comparative genomics

Mark Rebeiz

Pitt – Biological Sciences

Studying how morphology (size, shape, color, form) evolves in the animal world utilizing tools of classical developmental biology, as well as genetics, evolution, genomics, and bioinformatics.

Roni Rosenfeld

CMU - Computer Science, Machine Learning, and The Language Technology Institute

Using growing databases of viral sequences to build descriptive and generative models of viral molecular evolution.  Modeling the evolution of Influenza.

John Shaffer

Pitt – Human Genetics

Applied statistical methods of gene mapping;  genetic epidemiology of oral health. (sample project)

Leming Zhou

Pitt - Health Information Management

Agent-based, equation-based, and statistical modeling of cardiovascular disease; comparative genomics and its applications in personalized medicine. (sample project)