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Rajiv McCoy

Rajiv McCoy is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology whose research is focused on human genetics and evolution. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and completed his postdoctoral work at Princeton University and the University of Washington.

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tassia Michael Tassia is a postdoc in the McCoy lab. He is broadly interested in the evolution of animal genomes and how their structure, utilization, and content has changed over time. Michael received his Ph.D. at Auburn University where he worked on the evolution of immune systems.
Stephanie Yan Stephanie Yan is a PhD student from the Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology & Biophysics Program. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program at Hopkins, she received her B.A. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and was a summer research student at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Stephanie’s thesis research investigates the role of structural variation in human divergence and adaptation.

 

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Kate Weaver

Kate Weaver is a PhD student from the Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology & Biophysics Program. Prior to joining the PhD program at Hopkins, she received her B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and her B.S in Mathematics from Bethel University. She was a summer research student at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the University of Notre Dame. Kate’s current project, developed in the Taylor Lab, uses machine learning approaches to predict gene expression across cell types.

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Dylan Taylor Dylan Taylor is a PhD student from the Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology & Biophysics Program. He received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, he conducted post-baccalaureate research at the University of Maryland Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Dylan’s current research involves developing robust methods for mapping genotype-phenotype associations in diverse human populations.

 

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Sara Carioscia Sara Carioscia is a PhD student from the Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology & Biophysics Program. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, she was a Fellow at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute. She received her B.S. in Biology and Classics from Georgetown University. Sara’s current research investigates the phenomenon of segregation distortion, whereby inheritance deviates from Mendelian expectations.

 

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Andrew Bortvin is a PhD student from the Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology & Biophysics PhD Program. He received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and has since worked as a research technician at Princeton University and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Andrew’s rotation project focused on the application of k-mer counting methods to structural variation.
Divya Nair Divya Nair is an undergraduate majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She has previously investigated differential gene expression in mice retinas sent into spaceflight at the NASA Ames Research Center, and she is passionate about the intersection between bioinformatics and healthcare. Divya’s current research focuses on quantifying the effects of structural variation on gene expression using eQTL mapping.

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Daniel Ariad

Daniel Ariad was a postdoc in the McCoy lab from 2020-2022. He is a physicist by training, with research experience in condensed matter and astrophysics. He is interested in adapting theory and analytical approaches from these fields to the study of human genomics and evolution. Daniel received his Ph.D. from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and subsequently worked as postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University Bloomington.

Daniel is now a Bioinformatics Data Scientist at PrognomiQ Inc.

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Arta Seyedian

Arta Seyedian is a research technologist and Master’s student in the Bioinformatics program. Prior to his work at Hopkins, Arta obtained a B.S. in Neuroscience from George Mason University and was an Intramural Research Training Award Postbaccalaureate with the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Arta is now a Bioinformatician at the Center for Single Cell Biology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Undergraduate Alumni

Katherine Gilbert (2022), Joel Espinoza (2018-2020), Peter Huang (2019-2020), Nicholas Parente (2019-2020), Vincent Huang (2018)

Graduate Rotation Alumni

Matthew Isada (2022), Joshua Schultz (2022), Bradley Olinger (2022), Rylee Genner (2021), Sadhana Chidambaran (2021), Catherine Henderson (2021), Robyn Stix (2021), Radhika Jangi (2021), Simon Zhang (2020), Sara Debic (2019), Natalie Murphy (2019), Margaret Starostik (2018), Katie Farney (2018)