Meet our Lab!

Patrick Cahan: Assistant Professor

Patrick Cahan grew up in St. Louis, MO. He received a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he got his first research experience working on Information Retrieval systems. While working in Chile as a programmer, Patrick became interested in Computational Biology and returned to the US to pursue a M.S. in Genomics and Bioinformatics at GWU in Washington D.C., and then a Ph.D. in Computational Biology from Washington University in St. Louis in the lab of Dr. Tim Graubert, where he investigated the impact of DNA copy number variation on gene expression. His postdoctoral work in the lab of Dr. George Daley at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital included the development and experimental validation of computational methods to assess and improve engineered cells, such as those resulting from directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells.

  • Emily Su

    Role: PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering

    Research Interest: Algorithms to reconstruct single-cell trajectories and gene regulatory networks.

  • Qin Bian

    Role: Post-Doctoral Fellow

    Research Interest: Molecular signatures of articular chondrocytes.

  • Yuqi Tan

    Role: PhD Candidate in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology

    Research Interest: Developing CellNet for single-cell RNA sequencing & tumor heterogeneity.

  • Emily Lo

    Role: PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering. Co-advised by the Feinberg Lab

    Research Interest: Exploring the role of epigenetic and transcriptional stochasticity in cell fate decisions and cancer.

  • Abby Spangler

    Role: Research Specialist

    Research Interest: Directed differentiation of embryonic stem cells to articular chondrocytes.

  • Ray Cheng

    Role: PhD Candidate in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology

    Research Interest: Bone marrow stromal cell heterogeneity

  • Jordan Wilson

    Role: Research Technologist, PREP Scholar

    Research Interest: Gene regulatory network dynamics of articular chondrocytes

  • Dan Peng

    Role: BME Masters student

    Research Interest: Developing CellNet for analysis of cancer models

Undergraduate, Rotation, and Summer Students

  • Ethan Tardio

    Role: Cell Biology Undergraduate Student

    Research Interest: Maximizing mesoderm formation during directed differentiation of embryoid bodies

  • Alumni

    • Yuncong Geng
      BME MS Rotation Student
      Project: CompForce
      Now: Continuing rotations

      Rachel Gleyzer
      Summer Researcher
      Project: Cancer CellNet
      Now: Back at University of Chicago

      Adriana Gonzalez
      BME Rotation Student
      Project: Dynamic GRN reconstruction
      Now: Continuing rotations

      Ingri Rivera-Torres
      High School Summer Student
      Project: Stem cell differentiation
      Now: Back in high school

      Ian Macdonald
      High School Summer Student
      Project: Pancreatic organoids
      Now: Back in high school

      Eduardo R. Martinez-Montes
      BCMB Rotation Student
      Project: Relationship between aging and epigenetic, and transcriptomic heterogeneity and tumorigenesis
      Now: Graduate student in Andy Feinberg's Lab

      Stephanie Cai
      Undergraduate researcher
      Project: Imputation, and cancer transcriptional networks
      Now: Analyst at BlackRock

      Remy Schwab
      Bioinformatics Assistant
      Project: Cloud-based framework for deploying re-usable bioinformatics tools
      Now: Bioinformatics Engineer at PGDx

      Brad Isaacs
      JHU MD student
      Project: Investigating gene regulatory networks in cancer biology
      Now: Back in medical school

      Sydney Mason, Summer Undergrad
      Northeastern University
      Project: Articular Chondrocyte differentiation
      Now: Undergrad at Northeastern University

      Pavithra Kumar, MSE Student
      Biomedical Engineering
      Project: Single cell RNA-Seq; in-silico assessment of cancer cell line fidelity
      Now: Clinical programmer at Genentech

      Arthur Radley, MS Visiting Student
      University College London
      Project: Adapting CellNet for RNA-seq
      Now: PhD student at University of Cambridge and Microsoft Research

      Kathleen DiNapoli, PhD Rotation Student
      Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology
      Project: Computationally validating the identity of cancer cell lines
      Now: PhD student in the Robinson and Iglesias labs

      Richard Chen, Undergraduate Student
      Biomedical Engineering

      Jeesoo Kim, Undergraduate Student
      Computer Science

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