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.

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.