Melissa Gymrek

Principal Investigator

Melissa is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Department of Medicine at the University of California San Diego. Her major research interest is to understand complex genetic variants that underlie phenotypic changes, ultimately leading to human disease. When she's not in the lab, Melissa enjoys trail running, hiking, and hanging out with her family.
mgymrek AT ucsd DOT edu

An Zheng

PhD Student

An is a graduate student in Computer Science at UCSD. He is interested in the applications of algorithms and machine learning methods into genomics. His current research work focuses on topics including: understanding complex genetic variants with the help of deep learning methods, and speeding up the genome assembly process by leveraging k-mer based algorithms.
anz023 AT eng DOT ucsd DOT edu

Shubham Saini

PhD Student

Shubham is a PhD student in Computer Science. He is interested in development and application of statistical and probabilistic algorithms to problems in computational biology. Currently he is working on generation of reference panels for targeted STRs which will allow for accurate imputation of STRs onto existing SNP datasets.

Nima Mousavi

PhD Student

Nima is a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is interested in algorithmic and statistical approaches in computational biology. His current focus is on genotyping STR expansions using short reads.
mousavi AT ucsd dot edu

Stephanie F.

PhD student (Bafna Lab)

Stephanie is PhD student in Bioinformatics and system Biology, under the Biomedical informatics track at UC San Diego. At the intersection of personal genomics and personalized medicine, Stephanie’s research interest concentrates on understanding the impact of genetic variations on phenotype. Her current research investigates the influence of Short Tandem Repeats on gene expression, as well as in the context of other variants. Stephanie is also interested in phenotype standardization for Biomedical research.

Ileena Mitra

PhD student

Ileena is a Bioinformatics PhD student at the University of California San Diego. Her overall research interests are to use and develop computational methods to understand human genetic variation contributing to complex traits. Her current research investigates the dissecting the influence of Short Tandem Repeats in neuropsychiatric diseases. When outside of the lab, she hopes to encourage other women to pursue research in the intersect of engineering and science.
ileenamitra AT ucsd DOT edu

Sharona Shleizer-Burko

Lab Manager (with Goren Lab)

Sharona got her PhD in genetics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and recently joined our lab as the lab manager. In addition, she will participate in a development of a novel method to chart genomic localization of protein complexes together with Dr. Alon Goren.