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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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Daniel Ariad Daniel Ariad is a postdoc in the McCoy lab. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joel Espinoza Joel Espinoza is an undergraduate student double-majoring in Public Health and Molecular and Cell Biology. He is the recipient of the Michael S. Applestein Scholarship and serves in leadership roles of multiple cultural and student services organizations. Joel’s research focuses on interpreting signatures of positive selection in human genomes.
Peter Huang Peter Huang is an undergraduate majoring in Biology and minoring in Computer Science. His previous research experience includes four summers split between two labs at the University of California, San Francisco, one focusing on telomeres and the other on pediatric lung function. Peter’s current research focuses on disentangling causal functional mutations from genome-wide association data.

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Nicholas Parente Nicholas Parente is an undergraduate double-majoring in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. He is interested in practical approaches to analyzing large genomic datasets. Nick’s research examines the relationship between gene copy number and expression.
Simon Zhang Jingliang Simon Zhang is a rotation student from the Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology & Biophysics Program. He received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Peking University, China. He was also a summer research student at University of Toronto and Duke University.
Sara Debic Sara Debić is a rotation student from the Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology & Biophysics PhD Program. She received her B.S. from the University of Zagreb, Croatia in Molecular Biology. While obtaining her B.S., she conducted summer research at the Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, as well as the California Academy of Sciences and NASA Ames Research Center.
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.
Natalie Murphy Natalie Murphy is a rotation student from the Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology & Biophysics Program. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, she received her B.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University and was an NIH postbaccalaureate IRTA fellow at the National Institute on Aging.
Margaret Starostik Margaret Starostik is a rotation student from the Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology & Biophysics Program. She received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the State University of New York-Buffalo and her M.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Georgetown University. She was a NIH postbaccalaureate IRTA fellow at the National Eye Institute before joining the Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University.
Katie Farney Katie Farney was the first Ph.D. rotation student in the lab. She is a member of the Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology & Biophysics program and NIH Graduate Partnership program. She received her bachelors degree from the University of Central Florida and then participated in postbaccalaureate research at the National Eye Institute as well as the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, both at the NIH.