Lab members

Hossein Khiabanian is an Associate Professor of Pathology in Medical Informatics. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University, where he studied galaxy clusters and dark matter structures, using weak gravitational lensing. Prior to joining Rutgers, Hossein was a member of the Departments of Systems Biology and Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. He is a photography enthusiast.                            

Nahed Jalloul is an NJCCR Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rutgers Cancer Institute. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Rennes 1, where she designed a system of acquisition and movement analysis for detecting the presence of a major motor dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease patients. As a postdoc, she developed a clinical trial protocol to validate this system. Before joining Rutgers, Nahed was a lecturer at the American University of Beirut. Her personal interests include sports, and spending time with family and friends.                     

Amartya Singh is a Postdoctoral Fellow and a recent graduate of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University. He has developed a novel biclustering algorithm to investigate the systems level biology of cancer and is currently working on expanding his analysis to connect genomic and epigenetic properties of tumors. During his graduate studies he was co-advised by Prof. Gyan Bhanot.                     


Saman Zeeshan is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers Cancer Institute, working jointly with the lab of Dr. Sharon Pine. She received her Ph.D. in Bioinformatics with Magna cum Laude from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, and has conduced postdoctoral research at the Jackson Laboratory, where she actively participated in designing experiments and computational analyses on understanding alternative splicing aberrations and identifying novel signatures in high-grade cancers. She has been awarded the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Scholarship from the European Union Masters Training Program and has hold various distinguished positions throughout her academic career.                     

Amir Farmanbar is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers Cancer Institute. received his Ph.D. in computational biology from The University of Tokyo (東大, Tōdai). He is interested in developing computational tools that help study cancer clonal evolution and tumor heterogeneity. He enjoys watching and playing football (soccer).                     


Jui Wan Loh is an NJCCR Pre-doctoral Fellow, a Shatkin Scholar, and a recent recipient of a Ph.D. degree from the Graduate Program of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Rutgers University. Her research interests are in developing computational modeling approaches to study cancer. She is particularly focused on investigating evolution of leukemia in patients as well as animal models. She enjoys swimming and biking.                     

Vaidhyanathan Mahaganapathy is a Ph. D. candidate in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics graduate program at Rutgers University. He is working on understanding genomic alteration in non-tumor cells that are present in tumor microenvironment. Vaidhy took a special interest in the field of computational biology while studying Biotechnology towards his Bachelor’s degree. This motivated him to pursue a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics, prior to joining Rutgers. His research interests include, 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 Ph.D. student in the Quantitative Biomedicine program at Rutgers University. He had only recently taken interest in health and medical applications of computer science and statistics in his last year of working towards his bachelor's in computer science at UCLA. He is now excited to explore the world of genomics and computational biology. In his free time, he likes to play video games, exercise, play music, and cook.                     


Srinivas Rajagopalan is a recent graduate of Rutgers University in Biomathematics. He is currently a research assistant, planning to pursue a graduate degree in the field of computational biology to study cancer genomics. In his free time, he enjoys playing Spikeball (a unique cross of volleyball and Foursquare) and long distance running, as well as solving problems in number theory.                     


Abdor Rahman Ahmed is a current undergraduate sophomore in the Honors College of Rutgers University through the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Additionally, Abdor Rahman is a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) scholar. His research interests include microbiology, biotechnology, molecular biology, nanotechnology, and origami.                     



Mohammad Hadigol was an NJCCR Postdoctoral Fellow focused on developing diagnostic pipelines using calibrated deep-sequencing techniques. He is currently a scientist at Merck and continues to contribute to the lab as a Visiting Scholar.                     

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 cancel cell adaptation and evolution in leukemia and lymphoma.                     


Ameen Jafferier obtained his M.S. in Biomedical Informatics and Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University. His research in the lab was focused on implementing informatics approaches for interpreting clinical sequencing data.                     

Tim Hedspeth is an undergraduate at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA, and a 2020 DIMACS fellow. He is currently studying Mathematics and Biostatistics plans on pursuing a graduate degree in Biostatistics.                     

Theodora Katsarou is an undergraduate at Stony Brook University, and was a 2019 DIMACS fellow. She is a pre-med double major in Applied Mathematics and Biology and plans to pursue a masters degree in Computational Biology before medical school.


Caitlin Guccione is a graduate student at University of California San Diego and was a 2018 DIMACS fellow. She is now 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 is studying mathematics, and is pursuing a graduate degree in applied mathematics.                     


Anthony Fratella-Calabrese is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Anthony is now a medical student at 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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