Pablo G. Cámara, PhD (Principal Investigator)
Pablo G. Cámara is an Assistant Professor of Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania since January 2018 and a faculty member of the Penn Institute for Biomedical Informatics. He received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics in 2006 from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He performed research in string theory for several years, with postdoctoral appointments at Ecole Polytechnique, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), and University of Barcelona. Fascinated by the extremely interesting and fundamental open questions in biology, in 2014 he shifted his research focus into problems in quantitative biology, and joined the groups of Dr. Rabadan, at Columbia University, and Dr. Levine, at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton). Building upon techniques from applied topology and statistics, he has devised novel approaches to the inference of ancestral recombination, human recombination mapping, the study of cancer heterogeneity, and the analysis of single-cell RNA-sequencing data from dynamic and heterogeneous cellular populations.
Rachael Aubin (Ph.D. student) [starting on June]
Rachael graduated in 2017 from Rutgers University with a B.A. on Biomathematics and is currently pursuing a master’s on Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in using a combination of mathematical and bioengineering approaches to dissect the cellular ecosystem of pediatric brain tumors.
Kiya Govek (Research Assistant - Computational) [starting on July]
Kiya is currently pursuing a B.A. in Computer Science at Carleton College. During her studies, she has also worked as a research assistant in the group of Dr. Layla Oesper developing algorithms to perform consensus on phylogenetic mutation trees. Kiya is interested in applications of computer science to the analysis of multi-omic data.
Emma Troisi (Research Assistant - Wet Lab)
Emma graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Bard College in 2014 and is currently pursuing the Pre-Health Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining Penn, she worked as a research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Charles Roberts at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigating the tumorigenesis of rhabdoid cancer. She is interested in using genomics to study the mechanisms of tumor progression.
Venkata S. Yamajala (Part-time Developer)
Venkata graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics from Clark University in 2012 and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Columbia University in 2013. He is currently working on the implementation of topology- and geometry-based algorithms for the analysis of genomic data. In addition to his part-time work in the lab, Venkata works at the Johns Hopkins University modeling the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.