College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Current Students


Thesis adviser: Rammohan Shukla/Robert Smith
Education: BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Toledo, MSBS in Bioinformatics from the University of Toledo. 
Research Interests: My main focus has been looking at the transcriptional profile of patients with schizophrenia and performing large scale data analysis. I am also developing software in which I hope to help researchers find new and unique gene sets with the help of Gene Set Enrichment analysis and Text mining for hypothesis driving experimentation. 


Kathryn Helminiak (BS - MSBS Pipeline)

Thesis adviser: David Kennedy
Education: B.S. in Biology and a minor in chemistry, University of Toledo
Research Interests: Current research focusing on plant science, studying volatile organic compounds released by Arabidopsis after wounding.

Ali Imami (phd) 

Thesis adviser: Rammohan Shukla/Robert Smith
Education: MB BS, Nishtar Medical College, University of Health Sciences (Lahore), MSBS in Bioinformatics University of Toledo.
Research Interests: Machine learning to develop targeted tools for early diagnosis of psychiatric disorders, particularly schizophrenia and mania.



Thesis adviser: TBD
Education: Currently an undergraduate University of Toledo
Research Interests: Forensics using bioinformatics.


Elizabeth Shedroff  (MS - MSBS Pipeline)

Thesis adviser: Dr. Robert Smith
Education: BS/ in Biology from the University of Toledo
Research Interests: I am studying in the CDRL, and I'm interested in the kinomic analysis of PBMCs to predict patient response to immunotherapeutic drugs and predict renal transplant outcomes.


Leah Stevenson (MS - MSBS Pipeline)
Thesis adviser: Bina Joe/Xi Cheng
Education: Currently an undergraduate at the University of Toledo
Research Interests: Genetics 



Jessica Tschantz (MS - MSBS Pipeline)

Thesis adviser: TBD
Education: Currently a third year student in the BS Biology-MS Bioinformatics pipeline program with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Toledo
Research Interests: Applied research of bioinformatics/genomics in pharmacology




 Alex Joyce (MSBS)

Thesis adviser: Dr. Robert Smith
alexEducation: Bachelors in Biochemistry from the University of Toledo 
Research Interests: My current research interest is understanding the underlying mechanisms behind mental disorders, specifically Alzheimer's, using proteomic, genomic, and bioinformatic methods.


vineet reddy (MSBS)

Thesis adviser: Dr. Robert Smith/Rammohan Shukla
Education: BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from John Carroll University
Research Interests: vineet After graduation, I joined the Master's in Bioinformatics program at The University of Toledo. After my first semester in the program, I joined the Cognitive Disorders Research Laboratory. Currently, in the CDRL, I am working on projects that use single cell RNA sequencing to better understand epilepsy. Additionally, we plan to use this scRNA sequencing data to computationally model epilepsy and observe differences in neuronal activity. 


william george ryan (msbs)

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Robert Smith
Education:william AA Lakeland Community College, BS in Biomedical Science with a minor in Chemistry form the University of Akron
Research Interests: Currently, I'm a member of the Cognitive Disorders Research Laboratory studying "dark" kinases and the importance of kinase networks.

Taylen oasis arvay (ms-msbs pipeline)

Thesis Advisor: TBD
Education: taylenCurrently an Undergraduate at the University of Toledo
Research Interests: research in the Crawley Cell Biology Lab here at UT 

Evelyn Bates (MSBs)

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Robert Smith/Sinead O'Donavan                                                                                                                 evelynEducation: Bachelors in Applied Health Science from Bowling Green State University Firelands Campus 
Research Interests: 
For my potential thesis project, I am conducting an analysis on gene transcriptomic signatures of patients who committed suicide over a wide variety of psychiatric disorders. This will include disorders like schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and PTSD.  Using existing RNAseq data and pipelines produced by my colleagues, I will hopefully be able to identify a "signature" of suicide that could provide insight on how to better prevent it. 

Gabby vento (PhD)

Thesis Advisor: TBD
Education: gabby
Research Interests: Biomarkers, Data Science, Epidemiology, and Neuroscience.



Jennifer Nguyen (phd)

jenniferThesis Advisor: TBD
Research Interests:



Last Updated: 6/27/22