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.

Tori Tonn

Research Associate
  • 2013 - 2018, Loyola University, Chicago
    B.S. Biology
    B.A. Spanish
    Mathematics Minor

Tori's research focuses on the development of ribosome profiling methods. Outside of the lab, she enjoys playing piano, boxing, and wakeboarding.

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".

Daniela Garcia

Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2018-2019, Princeton University
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Biology
  • 2011-2018, Princeton University
    PhD, Molecular Biology
  • 2006-2011, The University of Texas at El Paso
    BS, Microbiology

I am broadly interested in using genome-wide approaches to understand the roles of RNA in cancer and other diseases. Outside of lab, I enjoy trying new foods, wine tasting, craft beers and boxing (to keep it healthy).

Muxin Wang

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Muxin is a junior studying neuroscience and she loves learning new things. Muxin would like to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience after graduating. Her hobbies include swimming, music, and cooking.

Michael Geng

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Michael is from Houston, Texas. He is entering his third year as an undergraduate, studying computer science and computational biology. His current research interests deal with the computational methods of ribosome profiling. In his spare time, Michael likes to strength train, cook, and watch movies.

Brendan Panici

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Brendan is a fourth-year biology student interested in genetic diseases and computer science. Currently, he is researching Diamond-Blackfan Anemia, a disease as intriguing as its name. When Brendan is not researching, he is either working out, cooking, or somewhere outside.

Hosei Nakayama

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hosei is a third-year biology student from Japan, interested in genetics and computer science. His current research is on Diamond-Blackfan Anemia, a genetically inherited anemia. He is also passionate about cooking, video games, and anime.