Lab members

Hossein Khiabanian is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University where he studied galaxy clusters and dark matter structures using weak gravitational lensing, and was a member of the Departments of Systems Biology and Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University prior to joining Rutgers as a Principal Investigator at Rutgers Cancer Institute in 2015. He is a photography enthusiast.
Nahed Jalloul is a Patterson Trust and NJCCR Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers Cancer Institute where she is a member of the Ganesan Lab as well as the Precision Medicine Program. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Rennes 1 and has been a lecturer at the American University of Beirut. She works on developing precision oncology platforms. Her personal interests include sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Amartya Singh is a Postdoctoral Fellow and a graduate of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University. He is a member of the Herranz Lab and has extensively worked on developing novel biclustering algorithms to investigate the systems level biology of cancer. He is currently working on expanding his analysis to connect genomic and epigenetic properties of tumors with their transcriptomic phenotypes. During his graduate studies he was co-advised by Prof. Gyan Bhanot.


Mona Arabzadeh is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers Cancer Institute where she is a member of the Ganesan Lab as well as the Precision Medicine Program. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. Her research interests include developing computational models with several applications such as reversible and quantum circuits, metabolic networks, and cancer genomics. Visual arts and music are her inspirations.
Vaidhy Mahaganapathy is a Ph. D. candidate in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics graduate program at Rutgers University. He is a member of the Ganesan Lab and is working on understanding genomic alteration in non-tumor cells that are present in tumor microenvironment. He is interested in leveraging the advancements in sequencing and computational genomics to better understand diseases and disorders in humans. When not working, he likes to go on long drives, take pictures, and play soccer.


Christopher Thai is a fellow of the Biotechnology Training Program and a Ph.D. candidate in the Quantitative Biomedicine program at Rutgers University where he is a member of the Herranz Lab. He received his bachelor's in Computer Science from UCLA and is interested in health and medical applications of computer science and statistics. In his free time, he likes to play video games, exercise, play music, and cook.


Mingyang Ma is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University where she is a member of the Ganesan Lab and co-advised by Prof. Gyan Bhanot. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics and Mathematics from Rutgers University in 2021. She likes watching TV with her cute little dog in her spare time.


Byron Avihai is an M.D.-Ph.D. candidate at the Rutgers and Princeton University M.D.-Ph.D. Program. He received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Physics from the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris, and his graduate degree in Genetics from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris. He is a member of the Herranz Lab and is interested in identifying markers of therapeutic resistance in pediatric leukemia. He is a science-fiction fan, fantasy nerd, and is passionate about Dungeons & Dragons.


Surabhi Panda is a rising senior studying Computer Engineering at Rutgers University. She is interested in applying her mathematical and technical skills to serve breakthroughs in medical research. On the side, she studies Indian Classical Dance and mentors teenagers of her faith community.


Jay Patwardhan is a rising sophomore studying Computer Science and Mathematics at Rutgers University. He is interested in computational approaches that facilitate medically relevant findings. In his free time, he likes to play piano, listen to classical music —including Beethoven and Chopin— and play basketball.



Mohammad Hadigol was an NJCCR Postdoctoral Fellow focused on developing diagnostic pipelines using calibrated deep-sequencing techniques. He is now an Associate Director at Pfizer.
Jui Wan Loh received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Rutgers University in 2021. She was an NJCCR Pre-doctoral Fellow and a Shatkin Scholar and developed computational approaches for her doctoral thesis to investigate leukemia evolution. She is currently a research fellow at National Cancer Centre Singapore.
Tasha Hester is a member of the Rutgers Youth Enjoy Science (RUYES) Program, funded by the NIH. She is currently a 10th grade biology teacher at Camden County Technical School. Her focus as an RUYES fellow is on furthering her understanding of biological and statistical concepts, rethinking her pedagogical approaches, and refining her curriculum to meet the immediate and future needs of limited-income and minority students.

Connie Zhang is an undergraduate at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. She was a 2021 DIMACS fellow and a research intern in the lab, and plans to pursue graduate studies in biostatistics.

Saman Zeeshan was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers Cancer Institute, working jointly with the lab of Dr. Sharon Pine. She studied the splicing landscape in lung cancer with a focus on racial disparities. She is currently a scientist at M2GEN.
Srinivas Rajagopalan graduated from Rutgers University in Biomathematics and was a research assistant in the lab. He is currently a graduate student at Weill Cornell Medicine studying computational biology.

Lodovico Terzi was a Visiting Scholar at the Rutgers Cancer Institute from Dr. Davide Rossi's laboratory at the Institute of Oncology Research in Bellinzona (Switzerland). His current research is focused on studying cancer cell adaptation and evolution in leukemia and lymphoma.

Ameen Jafferier was an M.S. student in Biomedical Informatics at Rutgers University. His masters thesis research in the lab was focused on implementing informatics approaches for interpreting clinical sequencing data.

Tim Hedspeth was an undergraduate at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA, and was a 2020 DIMACS fellow. He is currently studying Biostatistics at Brown University.

Theodora Katsarou graduated from Stony Brook University, and was a 2019 DIMACS fellow. She majored in Applied Mathematics and Biology, and plans to pursue studying medicine.

Caitlin Guccione graduated from University of Rhode Island and was a 2018 DIMACS fellow. She is a graduate student at University of California, San Diego, studying computer science and computational biology.

Simon Bird is a graduate of the Honors College at Rutgers University and was a 2017 DIMACS fellow. He studied mathematics, physics, and computer science.

Anthony Fratella-Calabrese is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. He obtained an M.D. from Rutgers NJMS.


We are affiliated with the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Molecular Biosciences Graduate Programs, the Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine, and the Center for Quantitative Biology at Rutgers University.

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