Can Cenik

Principal Investigator
  • 2012 - 2018, Stanford University, School of Medicine
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Genetics.
    Advisor: Dr. Michael P. Snyder
  • 2008-2011, Harvard Medical School
    PhD, Genetics
    Thesis advisor: Dr. Frederick P. Roth
  • 2004-2008, Harvard College
    BA, magna cum laude, highest honors, Applied Mathematics.
    Thesis Advisor: Dr. John Wakeley

Can enjoys playing the piano and chess for fun. He likes to listen to music and spend time with his wife who is also a faculty member at UT. Here is more information about her research.

Hakan Ozadam

Research Scientist
  • 2013 - 2016, University of Massachusetts Medical School
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Bioinformatics
  • 2008-2012, Middle East Technical University
    PhD, Applied Mathematics
  • 2005-2008, Middle East Technical University
    MS, Applied Mathematics
  • 2002-2006, Middle East Technical University
    BS, Computer Engineering
  • 2001-2005, Middle East Technical University
    BS, Mathematics

Applying his computational skills to biology excites Hakan. He enjoys swimming and hiking. Hakan is an avid reader. He is also the major coffee consumer of the lab.

Shilpa Rao

Research Scientist
  • 2015 - 2017, Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra, India
    Research Associate
  • 2009 - 2015, Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra, India
    PhD Scholar
  • 2007 - 2009, Hislop College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
    M.S. Biotechnology
  • 2004 - 2007, Hislop College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

Currently, Shilpa is working on identifying novel translation regulators using genome-wide CRISPR screens in humans. Her doctoral study involved understanding translation regulation in the human parasite, Leishmania donovani. She would like to combine the two in future and identify factors that can be used for drug targeting and treat various pathogenesis. In her free time, being with her kids gives Shilpa immense joy.

Alia Segura

Research Associate
  • 2021, University of Texas at Austin
    B.S. Cell and Molecular Biology

Alia is a recent UT Austin graduate ready to apply her skills and knowledge to the next opportunity while absorbing new material. She hopes to expand her love for molecular biology through participation in research. She looks forward to continuing her career in the research field and continuing her education in graduate school. When not doing science, she loves to watch Star Wars movies and shows and play games. She also loves spending time with her family and dog.

Ian Hoskins

Graduate Student
  • 2013, University of Colarado at Denver
    B.S. Biology
    Chemistry Minor

Ian is passionate about genomics, statistics, and microbiology. His general research goals involve the application of statistical learning approaches to sequencing data. More specifically, he is interested in improving microbiological molecular diagnostics through statistical learning. Outside of work, Ian likes to play acoustic and electric guitar, contend in foosball matches, and exercise through kickboxing and longboarding. When Ian feels like being less physically active, you'll find him critically examining political and philosophical debates and reading all sorts of nonfiction- from religious history to particle physics. Ian has a "peacemaker" personality and is very laid-back, so don't be hesitant to say "hi".

Charisma Tante

Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant

Charisma is a first-year biochemistry major and Mandarin minor, interested in molecular biology and genetics. Her goal is to gain research experience and hopefully continue studying overseas. Outside of academics, she loves to travel and is a member of the Longhorn Powerlifting Team.

Hansel Chiang

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hansel is a sophomore chemistry major and educational psychology minor. To learn more about bioinformatics and genetics, she wants to gain research experience and pursue a career in the healthcare field. In her spare time, she loves to play racquetball, play the piano, and learn social dances.