About Sharon

I am broadly interested in statistical models and algorithms, applied to problems in genomics, functional genomics, and molecular systems engineering. My current research interests lie in developing computational methods for analyzing RNA structure mapping experiments and in modeling and analysis of next-generation sequencing-based protocols.

Before joining UC Davis, I was a postdoc at the Center for Computational Biology at UC Berkeley, where I worked with Lior Pachter. At Berkeley I also worked with the teams of Adam Arkin and David Schaffer on analyzing HIV’s evolutionary population dynamics when the virus is exposed to novel gene therapies.

Prior to that, I obtained my Ph.D. in information theory and communication systems at UCSD, under the supervision of Paul Siegel and Jack Wolf. My PhD work dealt with the design and analysis of error-correcting codes and signal processing methods for digital storage devices, such as CDs, DVDs, and disk drives. I have also worked in the telecom and software industries for several years and obtained my Master’s in discrete optimization from the Technion, where I worked with Shmuel Onn. My research and industrial experience span both theoretical and applied work, in the areas of bioinformatics, applied mathematics, algorithmics and systems engineering.

Sharon becomes a member of the Genome Center


Sharon recently became a faculty member at the UC Davis Genome Center. The center is home to nearly 30 faculty members from diverse departments and colleges across campus and, in addition to genomics research, provides cutting-edge technology services through five cores: DNA Technologies, Expression Analysis, Proteomics, Metabolomics, and Bioinformatics. In addition to involvement in the center’s ongoing activities, Sharon will organize the center’s Biomolecular Structure-Function focus group and its seminar series.

About Jared


I received my PhD in Computational Science & Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013. Under the supervision of Dr. Stephen C. Harvey, I worked on a variety of projects in the fields of computational structural biology and molecular biophysics, later focusing on the development of computational tools for processing and analyzing data from chemical probing experiments on RNA.

Before the PhD, I spent three years as a process engineer at a manufacturer of technical ceramics. And before that I was involved in the analysis, modeling, and assessment of electro-optical/infrared missile systems and countermeasures at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, first as a student assistant during my days as an undergraduate at Georgia Tech, and later as a researcher after completing my BS degree in Electrical Engineering.