Prinicpal Investigator
Michael Brent

Graduate Students
Dhoha Abid
Sandeep Acharya
Woo Seok Jung
Lisa Liao
Cynthia Ma

Research Staff
Holly Brown
Chase Mateusiak
Jessica Plaggenberg

Undergraduate Students
Thomas Westbrook

Michael Brent, PhD

Principal Investigator

Professor of Computer Science
Joint Appointments in Genetics and Biomedical Engineering

The Henry Edwin Sever Professor of Engineering

Email: brent[at]


Yiming Kang
Ph.D. student (Computer Science), 2016-2021
Email: yiming.kang[at]

Jeffery jung
M.S Computer Science (Computer Science), 2018-2022
Now:Medical student at Washington University

Gaby Altman
Undergraduate and master's student researcher, 2018-2019

Sangi Bhavsar
Undergraduate and master's student researcher, 2019-2021

Sophia Zhang
Undergraduate and master's student researcher, 2019-2022

Nikhil Patel
Undergraduate and master's student researcher, 2016-2019
Now:Medical student at NYU

Mike Toomey
Undergraduate Researcher, 2016-2018
Now:Bioinformatics Engineer at CRISPR Therapeutics
Email: miketoomey18[at]

Ryan Friedman
Undergraduate Researcher, 2015-2017
Now:Ph.D. student in Computational and Systems Biology, Washington University
Email: ryan.friedman[at]

Maryl Lambros
Post-baccalauriate research assistant, 2014-2016
Now:Ph.D. student in Computational Biology, Albert Einstein

Drew G. Michael
Ph.D. student (Cell and Molecular Biology), 2010-2015
Now:Clinical Molecular Genetics Fellow, NIH
Email: drew.g.michael[at]

Zeke Maier
Ph.D. student (CS), 2007-2015
Now:Consultant at Booz Allen
Email: ezekiel.j.maier[at]

Hien-Haw Liow
Ph.D. student (Math), 2013-2015
Now:Working at Google
Email: hxliow[at]

Maxwell Wang
Undergraduate Researcher, 2014-2016
Now:Medical student at Tulane University
Email: mdwang03wustl[at]

Grant Negri
Undergraduate Researcher, 2014-2016
Now:Working at Epic
Email: grantnegri[at]

Jeffrey Gerold
Undergraduate Researcher, 2012-2013
Now: Graduate Student, Harvard
Email: jmgerold[at]

Thornquist, Stephen
Undergraduate Researcher, 2012-2013
Now: Graduate Student, Harvard

Amin Bemanian
Undergraduate Researcher, 2011-2013
Now: MD/PhD Student
Email: atashsiah[at]

Brian Haynes
Graduate Student, 2008-2012
Now: Senior Scientist, Assuragen Inc.
Email: brian.c.haynes@gmail.comm

Sarah Spencer
Research Technician, 2008-2011
Now: Graduate Student, MIT
Email: sjspen[at]

Gabriel Stancu
Undergraduate Researcher, 2010-2012
Now: Graduate Student
Email: stancubogdan[at]

Mikhail Velikanov, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Researcher, 2003-2005
Now: Research scientist, Uppsala University

Marijke Jeltje Van Baren, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Researcher, 2003-2005
Research Scientist, 2005-2010
Now: Research scientist, Washington University

Randall Brown, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Researcher, 2002-2004
Research Scientist, 2004-2011
Now: Research Assoc. Professor, Washington University

Aaron Tenney, Ph.D.
Graduate Student, 2002-2009
Now: Research Scientist, J. Craig Venter Institute

Evan Keibler, Ph.D.
Graduate Student, 2001-2006
Now: Microsoft Research

Chaochun Wei, Ph.D.
Graduate Student, 2000-2006
Now: Assistant Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University/Shanghai Center for Bioinformation Technology

Paul Flicek, Ph.D.
Graduate Student, 2000-2004
Now: Functional Genomics Project Leader, Ensembl/EBI

Ian Korf, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Researcher, 2000
Now: Associate Professor, UC Davis

Xiaopeng Tao, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Researcher, 2000-2001
Now: Assistant Professor, Fudan University

Jichen Duan, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Researcher, 2000-2001
Now: Senior Bioinformatics Engineer, Invitrogen

Delphine Dahan, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Researcher, 1996-1998
Now: Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Timothy Cartwright, Ph.D.
Graduate Student, 1992-1996
Now: Software Engineer, University of Wisconsin