About Samuel


I am an undergraduate student at UC Davis, and I am very interested in how biomolecular structures form. I will be graduating in the spring of 2016, with a BSc in Genetics and Genomics. I plan on furthering my understanding of R and Python to better apply my biological skill set within a quantitative lab environment. Being a part of the Computational RNA Genomics Lab has been the highlight of my undergraduate career.

During my time away from work, or my studies, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and activities like rock climbing which involve creative problem solving.

About Hua


I received my master’s degree from KAIST in Bio Imaging & Signal Processing in 2011 and my advisor was Dr. Jongchul Ye. My research interest was to explore brain activities with functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) via changes in the degree of hemoglobin oxygenation through the intact skull. General linear models and statistical inference were applied to analyze fNIRS signals. After graduation, I worked at Shanghai United Imaging as an algorithms engineer for more than two years. I developed algorithms to process medical images like CT, MRI, X-ray and PET. The projects included segmentation of lung lobe, computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) of mammograpy, CAD of MR breast, clinical trials of MR and CT workstations, and so on.

In my free time, I do Zumba and Yoga.

Old News

Welcome Nathan and Jacob! Two new members joined the lab: Nathan Shih is a postdoc who is joining us after completing his PhD at UC Berkeley, and Jacob Turner is an Applied Math undergraduate student at Davis.

About Fei


I received my PhD in Computer Science from City University of Hong Kong in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Lusheng Wang. During my PhD studies, I worked on several topics in the field of computational biology and bioinformatics.

In my spare time, I enjoy many sports like basketball, swimming, badminton, as well as outdoor activities like hiking.

About Lu


I recently graduated from UC Davis undergraduate double major in Statistics (B.S.) and Economics (B.A.). I have participated in a research training program held in the statistics department at UC Davis since the beginning of 2014. We have been working on Diffusion Tensor Imaging of the human brain and have been developing methodology to estimate the tensor.

I am passionate about data science for which I mainly used R as the computational tool. In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies and hanging out with friends.

About Ying


I major in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics in Zhejiang University. I am interested in mathematical modeling and analysis, and took part in a Mathematical Contest in Modeling in 2014, in which my team got a Meritorious Winner prize. I also had a chance to join the Student Research Training Program at Zhejiang University, where I studied wavelet analysis theory and experienced what it’s like to do research in Mathematics.

I am very curious about unknown things, such as biology and genetics, and I enjoy using mathematics to search for laws that underlie phenomena. I am outgoing and enthusiastic, and in my spare time I enjoy reading, thinking, and watching movies.

About Jacob


I am an undergraduate at UC Davis on track to graduate in the spring of 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical and Scientific Computation with a Biology emphasis. I am interested in the intersection of Math, Biology, and computers, specifically in using mathematics to solve Biological problems. In the future I hope to go on to do graduate studies in a related field, though I’m still making up my mind as to which specifically that will be.

In my free time I enjoy reading and playing games that involve strategic thinking.

About Nathan


I received my PhD from UC Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology in 2013. I did my dissertation project in the laboratory of Dr. Sharon Amacher, studying the dynamics of the zebrafish segmentation clock in real time. My project combined sensitive confocal microscopy and semi-automated cell tracking to observe clock dynamics at a single-cell resolution, examining how presomitic mesoderm cells behaved locally and throughout the entire tissue. Through collaborations with Dr. Paul Francois (McGill University) and Dr. Emilie Delaune (University Claude Bernard Lyon), we found direct evidence for Notch pathway synchronization of clock activity, as well as a two-segment periodicity of clock expression in the anterior presomitic mesoderm.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, sports (soccer and basketball), and playing overly complicated board games.