Principal investigator – Sohini Ramachandran

Sohini Ramachandran joined the faculty of Brown University in July 2010, after 3 years as a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and postdoctoral fellow in Professor John Wakeley’s group at the Harvard University Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.  She completed her PhD in 2007 with Professor Marcus Feldman at Stanford University’s Department of Biological Sciences.

Research profile at Brown University

[pdf version of CV, October 2012]

Group members

Alyna Khan ’12, Classics and Biology

Alyna studied how variation in linguistic markers and pronoun systems is distributed across the globe for her senior thesis, conducted in the lab. She is now a Simons Fellow in Computational Neuroscience at the Marcus Autism Center at Emory University.

Paul O’Leary McCann, MS ‘11

Paul received his bachelor’s degree in CS at Brown and finished his master’s in 2011.  In the fall of 2010, He worked on parsing the database of linguistic typological markers Alyna, and the lab, analyzed.  [Paul’s website]

Adam Abeshouse ’14, Computer Science - Applied Math concentrator

Adam came to the lab with a strong CS background, and worked on implementing a coalescent simulation that traverses through an underlying fixed pedigree, and extracting information from an on-line database on disease outbreaks.

Milan Kantesaria ’13, Computational Biology - Computational Genomics Track

During the summer of 2011, Milan’s work in the lab was funded by a CCMB Seed Grant.  Milan worked on the lab’s project with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, contrasting haplotype heterozygosity in non-genic regions with haplotype patterns around genes associated with leukemia incidence across ethnicities.

Phil LoGerfo, Bioinformatician

During the fall of 2011 through February 2012, Phil worked on implementing the bioinformatic pipelines in the lab. He came to the lab from Beth Israel Deaconess, where Phile worked as a Bioinformatics Research Assistant for two years with  BIDMC’s Proteomics and Genomics Center.

Group alumni (alphabetical)

Michael Goldberg ‘13, Biology and Music concentrator

Michael spent the summer of 2012 building a bioinformatic pipeline to extract and parse information online regarding disease outbreaks throughout the world. In this lab collaboration with Professor Kate Smith in EEB at Brown, Michael is taking a primary role and will continue this work as his senior thesis at Brown.

Akshay Walia, Research Assistant

Akshay joined the lab full-time in June 2012, coming from master’s thesis research in Genomic Anthropology at Theodore Schurr’s lab (University of Pennsylvania). Akshay received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Master’s degree in Biology from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India. He is currently working on analyzing the efficiency of purifying selection at X-linked versus autosomal loci using 1000 Genomes data.

Lilla Sai-Halasz, junior at the Wheeler School

Lilla joined the lab in the fall of 2012 working with Michael Goldberg to execute his bioinformatic pipeline and post-process data resulting from those runs. She is interested in computational biology and population genetics.