Our program is designed to train students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in the cutting-edge research techniques that comprise the interdisciplinary research of modern cell biology. Students are provided with rigorous cross training in areas of mathematical, physical, and computational sciences and biology. Systems Biology students take courses, attend seminars and work on interdisciplinary research projects to broaden and strengthen their abilities to do quantitative cell biology research.
The Systems Biology area of concentration is based within the Richard D. Berlin Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling (CCAM) at UConn Health.
|Bandita Adhikari||Advisor: Reinhard Laubenbacher|
|Aniruddha Chattaraj||Advisor: Les Loew
Education: MS (Chemistry), IIT Bombay, India
||Advisor: Paola Vera-Licona
Education: BA, Connecticut College
About: Lauren Marazzi is a 5th year MD/PhD student at UConn Health. Before joining UConn Health, Lauren studied Bioinformatics and worked on projects focused on Notch Pathway signaling and transcriptome analysis in ambystoma mexicanum. Her research focuses on quantitative analysis of chemotherapy resistance reversion and cancer reversion in triple negative breast cancer using mathematical modeling and control theory.
||Advisor: Pedro Mendes
Education: BS Neurobiology and Physiology, BS Computer Science, University of Maryland
About: Joseph Masison is a 4th year MD/PhD student at UConn Health. Before joining UConn Health, he studied neuroscience with bioinformatics and computational modeling. His current research focus is on reproducibility in computational studies and quantitative analysis of duodenal iron metabolism using mathematical modeling.
|Milda Stanislauskas||Advisor: Yi Wu
Education: BA/MA Hunter College
About: Before joining the graduate program at UConn Health, Milda worked at a skin disease research center studying Merkel cells, which are mechanoreceptive cells responsible for sensing light touch. Her research interests include how cells sense physical cues from the external environment and convert them into chemical signals, and how these signals affect various cellular processes, and disease pathogenesis.
|Thank you to Milda for sharing her humor and drawing skills by adding such great cartoon art around CCAM.|
|Titas Grabauskas||Les Loew||Cluster formation by activated EGF receptors|
|Daniel Fairchild||Corey Acker|
||Advisor: Pedro Mendes
Education: PhD, Technical University, Denmark
About: Dr. Hasan Baig is working on the development of COPASI software.
|Meagan Cauble||Advisor: Ji Yu|
||Advisor: Pedro Mendes
Education: PhD, (Mathematics), Clemson University, South Carolina, USA
About: Dr. Sherli Koshy-Chenthittayil is developing models of mixed-species biofilms.
|Sailasree Rajalekshmi||Advisor: Mike Guertin|
|Prem Shresta||Advisor: Ji Yu|
UCONN Undergraduate Student Trainees
|Shreedula Balakrishnan||Lab: Vera-Licone
Project: working on tumor reversion in Leukemia using computational biology.
|Grace Curley-Holmes||Lab: Mayer/Machida
Project: working on SH2 domain mapping.
|Chandrika Dhavala||Lab: Blinov
Project: Visualization of rule-based model.
|Amy Flis||Lab: Wu|
|Jennifer Kim||Lab: Mendes
Project: Identification of chaos in nonlinear models by using global
**Google Summer of Code Student**
Project: The Development of ModelBricks website.
Project: Rules that govern the assembly of molecular machines.
|Alexa Monroe||Lab: Yan|
|Nathan Schaumburger||Lab: Blinov
Project: Model of aging phenotypes.
|Devin Kot‐Thompson||Lab: Acker
Project: imaging action potentials.
|Gavin Till||Lab: Mayer
Project: developing mathematical models to explore the role of membrane receptor clustering in regulation of signaling pathways.
|Google Summer of Code Student|
|Nikita Mahoviya||National Institute of Technology Hamirpur (H.P.), India||Michael Blinov and Ann Cowan|
|Yuezhe Li||PhD||2021||Wu||Research Associate, Metrum|
|Judy Bloom||PhD||2020||Loew/||Medical and Scientific Associate, Chameleon Communications International|
|Adam Lafontaine||PhD||2020||Mayer||Research Associate, Metrum|
|Russel Posner||MD/PhD||2019||Laubenbacher||MD student, UConn Health|
|Abhijit Deb Roy||PhD||2018||Wu||Postdoc, Johns Hopkins Medicine|
|Clifford Locke||MD/PhD||2018||Wu||Internal Medicine Resident, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center|
|Ahmed Elmokadem||PhD||2017||Yu||Research Scientist, Metrum|
|Marc Rigatti||MD/PhD||2017||Kafka/Moraru||Emergency Medicine Resident, UConn Health|
|Olena Marchenko||PhD||2017||Loew/Dodge||Bioinformatics Engineer, Simons Foundation|
|Sofya Borinskaya||PhD||2015||Loew||Assistant Professor, Saint Elizabeth University, NJ|
|Ronghua Yang||MD/PhD||Loew/Liang||Internal Medicine Resident, Rutgers Medical School|
|Erika Hoyos-Ramirez||PhD||2014||Loew||Postdoc, Yale School of Medicine|
|Akeisha Belgrave||PhD||2013||Wolgemuth||Assistant Professor, Harrisburg University|
|Eunji Kim||PhD||2013||Yu||Managing Director, Alzheimer’s Consulting & Services|
|Jonathon Ditlev||PhD||2012||Mayer/Loew||Assistant Professor, University of Toronto|
|Sherry-Ann Brown||MD/PhD||2012||Loew||Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin|