HUANG LAB | COMPUTATIONAL OMICS

Team

Kuan-lin Huang, Ph.D.

Kuan-lin Huang, Ph.D.

Daydreamer, Fundraiser, and Cheerleader (aka Principal Investigator)

Born and raised in Taiwan, Kuan-lin “Kuan” Huang is now an Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and PI of the Computational Omics Lab at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. After being the only graduate at Wesleyan University to earn two Honors designations (molecular genetics research and conceptual art installation dissertations), he obtained his Ph.D. in Genomics from Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to research, Kuan is the author of the best-selling book “Solve It Yourself” and was a co-founder/CEO of an award-winning genomic start-up, DeepGene. he co-founded and currently serves as the Chief Unboxer of OpenBoxScience.Org, a non-for-profit that organizes open research talks connecting scientists around the world. Kuan has been an invited speaker at dozens of universities, companies, and conferences. A good day of his life typically involves fabulous people, books, dark chocolate, bubble tea, hiking, surfing, or tennis. And a 20-minute nap.

CV             WebKuanlinHuang.com                 Email:  kuan-lin.huang [at] mssm.edu    

Abdulkadir Elmas, Ph.D.

Abdulkadir Elmas, Ph.D.

(aka Postdoctoral Fellow)

I earned my BS in Electrical Engineering (telecommunications) from Istanbul University, and obtained my PhD in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in New York. In  Dr. Wang’s lab at Columbia I discovered the information science as an avenue for solving complex problems in biology and developed a passion for Bioinformatics leading to my dissertation on Signal Processing applications for analyzing genomic sequences and gene regulatory networks. I then joined Dr. Liu’s lab at Biodesign Institue in Arizona to study biomarker discovery by Machine Learning for autoimmune diseases. Now I pursue the study of immuno-genomics and proteomics in cancer with Dr. Huang in the Computational Omics lab at Mount Sinai.
Zishan Wang, Ph.D.

Zishan Wang, Ph.D.

Stay hungry and stay foolish (aka postdoctoral fellow)

Born and grew up in China, once a serious illness motivated me to enter Harbin Medical University, where I earned my B.S. of bioinformatics and Ph.D. of biological engineering. During Ph.D. stage, I used bioinformatics method to explore the molecular mechanisms controlling regulation of gene expression in human cancers, mainly including transcription factors, epigenetics, cancer genetics, biology network and computational system biology. Now I pursue the exploration of computational omics of cancer at Mount Sinai, wishing to promote the treatment of cancer. In my spare time, I like running and playing table tennis.

Rikhiya Ghosh, PhD

Rikhiya Ghosh, PhD

Collecting water from the ocean one drop at a time (aka PostDoctoral Fellow)

I graduated from Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur in Computer Science, and finished my PhD in Computer Science in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I have always been amazed at the different type of data and the various machine learning and automated reasoning methods that go with them. The various types of data I have worked on ranges from Computer Vision data to Natural Language Processing to power plant sensor data and finally now I work with genomics data in my current position. I work on precision medicine, researching with cancer datasets to identify the patients who respond well to immunotherapy using Machine learning on sparse data matrices in low data scenario.

Tzipora Weinberger

Tzipora Weinberger

MSBDS student

I received my bachelor’s in financial mathematic from Stern College (midtown Manhattan) in 2020. I then worked at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, NY) in data management of the ongoing trials on that campus.  During this time, I developed an interest in data science. I am currently in my second year of Mount Sinai’s Graduate program pursuing a master’s program in Biomedical Data Science at Mount Sinai.

Daniel Fulop

Daniel Fulop

Mountain Bagger (aka MD Candidate)

My name is Dan Fulop. I am a first-year medical student at Mount Sinai and will be completing an MD/MSCR with a focus on translational oncology as a part of the PORTAL program.

Makda Zewde

Makda Zewde

Professional snacker (aka MD candidate)

I received my B.S. in Biology from Ithaca College in 2015 and my M.S. in Biostatistics from Northwestern University in 2019. In between, I worked for three years in the Nakamura lab at the University of Chicago, characterizing the T-cell receptor repertoire and immune microenvironment in various cancers. I then spent a year in the Chevrier lab at the same institution, developing a T-cell receptor sequencing protocol to characterize immune responses to viral infection in mice. I am currently a first-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and I am interested in the field of cancer immunology.

Raj Vaza

Raj Vaza

Designated Lab Gamer (aka MS student)

I was born in India but grew up in a small town in Northern Canada. I finished my undergraduate degree at UC San Diego in 2021, where I majored in Human Biology and minored in Computer Science. I worked at the Bondi Granholm Lab at UC San Diego where my research focused on collecting pupillometry data that we hoped could serve as a biomarker for early-onset Alzheimers. The mix of both Biology and Computer Science in my undergraduate degree brought me to Mount Sinai where I am currently doing my Master’s in Biomedical Data Science. 

Kevin Spehar

Kevin Spehar

Board Gamer Connoisseur (aka MD student)

I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2019 where I majored in Biomedical Engineering and Biochemistry. At WashU, I developed a novel super-resolution imaging method to study amyloid structures at nanometer resolution for extended time periods. Afterwards, I worked at the National Institute on Aging where I studied hematopoietic stem cells and aging. I am currently a first-year MD-PhD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and am interested in aging research and geriatrics. 

Varun Subramaniam

Varun Subramaniam

(aka MD student)

Varun is a first year medical student at Mount Sinai. He received his B.S.H in Computational Biology from Stanford University in 2021. At Stanford, he worked in the labs of Dr. Albert Wu and Hiro Nakauchi on the regeneration of eye tissue through stem-cell based strategies. Previous projects involved CRISPR-editing, organoid development, and single-cell bioinformatics. Varun enjoys reading Japanese literature, performing stand up comedy, and playing tennis.    

Alumni

ISMMS Lab Members, Volunteer/Collaboration Team Members | Training Position & Year | Immediate Outcome

Chang Moon | MD/PhD student @ ISMMS 2021 | Continuing MD at ISMMS
Tomi Jun | Hem/Onc Fellow @ ISMMS 2019-2021 | Medical Director, SEMA4 [Website]
Jimmy Zhang | Student @ Queens High School for the Sciences 2019-2021 | Undergraduate, Columbia University
Chang Moon | MD/PhD student @ ISMMS 2021 | Continuing MD/PhD at ISMMS
Suraj Jaladanki | MD student @ ISMMS 2019-2020 | Continuing MD at ISMMS
Jing Wang | Postdoc @ ISMMS 2019 | Data Scientist, Amazon [Website]
William Lee | MS student @ 2019-2020 | Bioinformatician, ISMMS
Guanlan Dong | BS Undergraduate student @ WashU 2019-2020 | PhD student, Harvard B.I.G. program
Prag Batra | MD student @ NYU 2018-2020 | Founding Engineer, Bunkerhill Health
Ninad Oak | PhD student @ Baylor (Sharon Plon Lab) 2018-2020 | Scientist, St. Jude Children’s Hospital

PhD Rotation Students
Rebecca Signer | Genetics and Genomic Sciences @ ISMMS, 2021
Miriam Saffern | Immunology @ ISMMS, 2020