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.
Irene Kaplow- Postdoctoral Scholar
Irene is a Lane Postdoctoral Fellow in the Computational Biology department. Her research involves developing computational methods that leverage changes over evolution to better understand the mechanisms behind transcriptional regulatory differences between tissues.
Alyssa Lawler- PhD Student
Alyssa is a PhD student in the Biological Sciences. Leveraging both laboratory and computational skills, she works on enhancing cell type-specific genomic and epigenetic tools in the brain and applying these toward diverse questions in disease and evolution.
Siddharth Annaldasula- Undergraduate Researcher
Siddharth is an undergraduate student in computational biology. He is currently creating computational methods to study the transcriptomic specialization of vocal learning circuits in humans and songbirds.
Chaitanya Srinivasan- Undergraduate Researcher
Chaitanya is an undergraduate student in Computational Biology interested in applying computational approaches to understand the genomic basis of disease. His research involves using such techniques to identify epigenetic factors associated with Parkinson’s Disease.