Personnel

Andreas Pfenning

- Principal Investigator
Andreas is a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Computational Biology Department in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, he has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Biological Sciences and is a member of Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, a joint venture between Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh.

Morgan Wirthlin

- Postdoctoral Scholar
Morgan is the inaugural BrainHub postdoctoral fellow in the Computational Biology department and a member of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. Her work combines comparative genomics and experimental neurobiology to characterize the fundamental genetic & molecular properties of neural circuits for speech and vocal learning (ResearchGate profile).

Easwaran Ramamurthy

- PhD Student
Easwaran is a PhD student in Computational Biology interested in applying computational approaches, especially machine learning to solve biological problems. He also has prior training in experimental biology and hopes to use this broad understanding to delve deeper into the role of enhancer region variations in Alzheimer's disease.

Ashley Brown

- Lab Manager
Ashley is a technician with extensive training in molecular biology, cell culture, and virology.  She is using high-throughput report assays in vivo to study how genome sequence controls gene expression in the brain.  

John Apostolides

- Research Assistant
John researches the epigenomic basis of aging and schizophrenia.

Laura Gunsalus

- Undergraduate Researcher
Laura is a junior studying neuroscience and computer science and is interested in using genomic data to understand the mechanisms of neurological disorders. Her current research investigates the role of the immune system in Alzheimer’s disease.

Tae Yoon (Tyler) Park

- Undergraduate Researcher
Tyler studies the evolution of neuronal activity-regulated enhancers.

Christine Xu

- Undergraduate Researcher
Christine is a rising senior Neuroscience major with an interest in memory and learning, and enjoys learning about neural processes at the cell level.