Bioinformatics Program

MSBS in Bioinformatics Alumni


Ahmed S. Al-Khudhair

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Tammy Morrish
Thesis: "Inter-and-Intra-Populated Genetic Variations in Humans"

Ahmed successfully defended his thesis on November 4, 2014
and is currently pursuing a PhD in Molecular Medicine (MOME track) at UT. 

"While earning my master’s degree, I learned skills and knowledge
on combining biological data to form a comprehensive picture
of cellular activities. The field of bioinformatics has evolved such
that the most pressing task now involves the analysis and
interpretation of various types of data, including nucleotide and
amino acid sequences, protein domains, and protein structures. 
My next plans and professional objectives are very clear.
It is my desire to be a high profile researcher in the fields of genetics,
molecular and cellular biology, gene microarrays, genomics and proteomics. The Masters program was my initial step." 


Oluwatomisin "Tomi" Atolagbe

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Guillermo Vazquez
Tomi successfully defender her thesis on July 11, 2017. She is now a Research Assistant in Dr. James Allison's Lab at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Patrick Brennan 

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Alexei Fedorov
Thesis Title: "An Investigation of Personal Ancestry Using Haplotypes"
Patrick successfully defended his thesis on July 13, 2017 and is
now a Bioinformatics Analyst at Nationwide Children's Hospital
in Columbus where he applies bioinformatics tools
to pediatric cancer and rare diseases.

"The bioinformatics program has definitely helped with my career.
In my experience, employers look for bioinformatics candidates with
good programming experience. I started the program with no programming
experience, but I learned a lot during my thesis with Dr. Fedorov.
The programming knowledge gained during my thesis was enough 
to qualify me for bioinformatics positions."

Heather P. Brown

Thesis Advisor: Dr. R. Travis Tayler
Thesis: "Homology-Based Structural Prediction of the Binding
Interface Between the Tick Borne Encephalitis Virus Restriction Factor
TRIM79 and the Flavivirus Non-Structural 5 Protein
Heather successfully defended her thesis on December 1, 2016.  She is now an adjunct professor at Jackson College in Michigan.

Sharmistha Chakrabortty, PhD 

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Alexei Fedorov 

She is now a graduate research assistant at Iowa State University.

Subhanwita Ghosh

Thesis Advisor: Dr. David Kennedy
Subhanwita successfully defended her thesis on July 10, 2017. 

Deepti Gurung 

Thesis advisor: Dr. Robert Blumenthal
Thesis: "Evolution of recombination: RecBCD in Bacteria"

Deepti successfully defended her thesis on August 14, 2019 and is
currently a PhD student in the Cancer Biology track at UT.

Prabhjot Kaur 

Thesis advisor: Dr. Sadik Khuder
Thesis: "Identifying a Biomarker for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease"
Prabhjot successfully defended her thesis on July 9th, 2019. 

Caroline Lambert 

Thesis Advisor: Dr. R. Mark Wooten
Caroline successfully defended her thesis on August 1, 2018.

Oluwatobi "TOBI" Lasisi 

Thesis advisor: Dr. Sadik Khuder
Thesis: "Identifying a biomarker for Sjogren disease
Tobi successfully defended his thesis on July 8, 2019. He is now a Research Assistant at Wayne State University.

Joseph S. Mainsah

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Alexei Fedorov
Thesis Title: "Determination of Early Human Intercontinental Migration
from Genomic IBD Segments Flow Analysis". 
Joseph successfully defended his thesis on September 27, 2016.

Arnab Saha Mandal

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Alexei Fedorov
Thesis Title: "Computational Analysis of the Evolution of
Non-Coding Genomic Sequences"
Arnab successfully defended his thesis on June 24, 2013
and is currently a PhD Student in Bioinformatics at the 
Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for Child and
Maternal Health, University of Calgary.

"I always had an innate curiosity about applying programming skills
to biological problems, but I never had a career insight into this
multidisciplinary field. My admission to the MSBS program in bioinformatics provided an ideal platform. The coursework covered a comprehensive breadth of genetics, molecular biology, cellular signaling mechanisms, biostatistics etc. I co-authored four publications from Dr. Fedorov's lab, and received awards thereafter from University of Toledo as well as my current institution, the University of Calgary. The growing deluge of genomic datasets is creating an urgent need for experts in computer programming, biology, genetics, mathematics and statistics. As a result, bioinformatics skills are widely sought after in academia and industry. I am glad to have graduated from the bioinformatics program at UT, that helped me imbibe the skills, knowledge, tenacity and resilience to proceed forward."

Jenna McGowan

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Ritu Chakravarti
Jenna successfully defended her thesis on July 26, 2018

Diego A. Morales 

Thesis Advisor: Dr. James Willey
Thesis: "A Bioinformatical Approach to COPD"
Diego successfully defended his thesis on October 19, 2016.

He is currently a Data Analyst at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.



Maryam Nabiyouni, PhD

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Alexei Fedorov
Thesis: "Mega-scale Bioinformatics Investigation of Codon Bias in Vertebrates"
Maryam successfully defended her thesis on June 3, 2011.
She is currently employed as a Scientist at Progenity, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI 

"I just completed my PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Toledo
College of Engineering under supervision of Dr. Sarit B. Bhaduri
where I investigated the biomedical applications of magnesium-phosphate
nanoparticles. My earlier bioinformatic dgree has definitely differentiated
me from other scientists in biological or computer sciences,
as it has given me the skills to understand both sides.
I feel privileged to have a degree in bioinformatics as in the era
of excessive biological information there is a growing need
for scientists with background in bioinformatics."

Rajan "Raz" Paudel 

Thesis advisor: Dr. Alexei Fedorov
Thesis: "Study of lnRNA exon-intron structure conservation in human and mouse"

Rajan successfully defended his thesis on July 1, 2019.

Theodor B. Rais, MD

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Alexei Fedorov
Thesis Title: "Conserved signals of non-coding RNA across 73 gene
associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorders"

Theodor successfully defended his thesis on April 24th, 2009.
Currently, Dr. Rais is an Associate Program Director for Residency Training
Program In Psychiatry, Ocean County Medical Center, Brick, New Jersey,
and a Professor of Psychiatry at Hackensack Meridian Health
Seaton Hall Medical School, South Orange, NJ, and a Professor of Psychiatry at Rowan Osteopathic Medical School, Stratford, NJ.
“The MSBS program helped me to have a more comprehensive
understanding of the medical field and stay updated with
the genomic psychiatry breakthroughs. I still find it difficult
to bridge between the Basic Science, people, and the clinicians
who want concrete improvements in patient care.”

Yvette Unoarumhi 

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Jyl Matson
Thesis title: "Evolution of a Bacteria Global Regulator-Lrp"
Yvette successfully defended her thesis on April 12, 2016.  
Yvette completed an Internship at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, OH
and is currently in the process of interviewing to find her new position.

"While at UT, I worked on the evolution of a global regulator;
Leucine responsive regulatory protein (Lrp), and it was a very
rewarding experience. The program is indeed challenging,
but in a rewarding way, and at the end it pays off. I am grateful for
the seasoned professors I worked with who constantly encouraged
me to do my best. Upon graduation, I was awarded the
Best Graduating Student in Basic Science Research award, in addition
to the publication of my research thesis in a scientific journal. 
Lastly, the BIPG program creates a unique opportunity with an edge."

Cole J. White

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Heather Conti
Cole successfully defended his thesis July 18, 2018.

Yuriy R. Yatskiv 

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Alexei Fedorov
Thesis: "Haplotype Analysis of an Archaic Denisovan Genome"
Yuriy successfully defended his thesis on August 18, 2016. He is currently pursuing an MBA degree at UT, College of Business and Innovation.



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Last Updated: 3/30/20