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

  • Sam Crowl

    Role: Summer FARM Fellow

    Research Interest: Implementing SingleCellNet for analysis of engineered neural cell populations


  • Ethan Tardio
    Cell Biology Undergraduate Student
    Project: Maximizing mesoderm formation during directed differentiation of embryoid bodies
    Now: Research Assistant in the Kolb lab at JHSOM

    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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