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Team

The group

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Aaron Meyer, Principal Investigator   

Ph. D., Biological Engineering, MIT
B.S., Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Aaron is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and a member of the Bioinformatics IDP, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Broad Stem Cell Research Center, and Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences. He strives to learn how we can use computational models to control biological systems and treat disease. Outside of the lab, he can be found consuming anything that might be considered science fiction, reading about the philosophy or history of science, or cycling in the Santa Monica mountains.


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Edward Richards, Postdoctoral Associate   

Ph.D., Cancer Biology, Moffitt Cancer Center at University of South Florida
B.A., M.S. Biology, Saint Anselm College, Tulane University

Ted has joined the team as a postdoctoral associate. The focus of his previous research has aimed at characterizing the function of noncoding RNAs in breast cancer EMT and metastasis. This experience led to an appreciation that cancer is a systems-level disease. Currently, his research focuses on the dynamic relationship between TAM receptors at the tumor-immune interface, and developing targeted therapies in this context. Outside the lab, his research is directed at all aspects of ice hockey and music.


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Catera Wilder, Postdoctoral Associate   

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University
B.S., Biological Engineering, University of Missouri

Catera Wilder is a postdoctoral scholar who joined the Meyer group working on a collaborative project studying the interferon (IFN) signaling pathway, a key pathway that regulates the innate immune response. Her interest lies in understanding regulatory mechanisms of two IFN families (i.e. type I and III IFNs) that elicit differential physiological functions and expression of interferon-stimulated genes. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends over a good meal and catching up on her favorite TV shows.


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Marc Creixell, Graduate Student   

M.S., Biomedical Sciences, Imperial College London
B.S., Biotechnology, University of Barcelona

Marc is a Ph.D. student in Bioengineering. While a visiting master’s student in the Yaffe lab at MIT, Marc studied novel functional sites in protein kinases and how cancer mutations perturb these sites in many of them to contribute to malignancy and drug resistance. His interest lies in kinase biology, cellular signal integration, and cancer precision medicine. Outside the lab, Marc enjoys running, nature, and traveling.


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Farnaz Mohammadi, Graduate Student   

B.Sc. Bioelectrical Engineering, University of Tehran

Farnaz joined the lab in September 2018 as a Ph.D. student with an interest in mathematical analysis to study cancer-immune cell communication. In her free time, she likes mountain climbing and watercolor painting.


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Cyrillus Tan, Graduate Student   

B.S. Biology & Computer Science, Emory University

Cyrillus is a Bioinformatics Ph.D. student. His research interests include developing computational methods and models to understand biological systems. Aspiring traveler, amateur musician, financial analyst with no actual experience, know-it-all wannabe.


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Brian Orcutt-Jahns, Graduate Student   

B.S. Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Brian is a Ph.D. student who joined the lab during Summer 2019. Brian completed his B.S. in Bioengineering at UCLA, where he conducted research as a member of the Kasko group. Brian’s research interests include computational analysis of cellular signaling pathways and their processing dynamics, as well as the utility of these models in the process of drug discovery. His interests outside of the lab include playing soccer, lifting weights, and watching cooking shows.


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Scott Taylor, Development Engineer   

B.S. Cell & Molecular Biology, University of California, Los Angeles







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Linnet Chang, Undergraduate Researcher

Bioengineering, UCLA

Linnet joined the Meyer lab in October 2018. Apart from lab and classes, she enjoys baking desserts, jamming to music, and being involved in UCLA BMES.



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Stephen Lees, Undergraduate Researcher   

Bioengineering, UCLA

Stephen joined the lab in September 2018. He is currently part of the team working on the coding side of an immune complex binding model. His future research interests include applying the principles of bioengineering to the field of immunology. Apart from lab and classes, he enjoys volleyball, bouldering, and playing board games with friends.


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JC Lagarde, Undergraduate Researcher   

Bioengineering, UCLA

JC joined the Meyer Lab in September 2019. He is currently working with the Cell Lineage team to develop a computational method to characterize cell heterogeneity. Outside of the lab, he enjoys working in YRL to do 3D printing, volunteering with the student organization SPACE, and cooking.


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Sumedha Kanthamneni, Undergraduate Researcher   

Computer Science, UCLA

Sumedha joined the Meyer Lab in October 2019. She is a member of the team modeling regulation of the Tyro3, AXL, MerTK (TAM) receptors. She is also a member of UCLA BMES and ACM AI Outreach and, in her free time, enjoys drawing, tennis, and sit-coms.


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Amanda Tsao, Undergraduate Researcher   

Computational and Systems Biology, UCLA

Amanda joined the lab in Fall 2019 as a member of the TAM modeling team. In her free time, Amanda enjoys reading, playing volleyball, and volunteering in her community.



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Shashank Venkat, Undergraduate Researcher   

Computational and Systems Biology, UCLA

Shashank joined the Meyer lab in late 2019. He is working on improving cancer drug response predictions through the tensor factorization of cell lines and different regression models. Outside of the lab, he is a part of a neurotech organization called CruX that builds various Brain-Computer Interface projects for neurotech competitions. He also enjoys working out, listening to music, and eating pizza.


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Madeleine Murphy, Undergraduate Researcher   

Computational and Systems Biology, UCLA

Madeleine joined the lab in January 2020. She is currently working in the Fcγ receptor group, working with systems serology data. Outside of lab and classes, she enjoys running, volunteering with her student organization PAC, and traveling.





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Aditya Sivakumar, Undergraduate Researcher   

Bioengineering, UCLA

Aditya joined the Meyer Lab in January 2020. Besides working on projects for the lab, he enjoys playing volleyball with friends, working out, and learning about trading.





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Eli Snyder, Undergraduate Researcher   

Bioengineering, UCLA

Eli joined the lab in April of 2020. He is a member of the team modeling cell-specific interactions to study the regulation of the common gamma chain cytokines. Outside of lab and classes, Eli enjoys surfing, running, and traveling.





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Vedant Sathye, Undergraduate Researcher   

Bioengineering, UCLA

Vedant joined the lab in Spring 2020 and works as part of the tensor factorization team. Outside of the lab, Vedant enjoys hiking, working out, and learning to play the guitar.





Former Members

Zoe Kim, Undergraduate Researcher

Robert Theisen, Undergraduate Researcher (currently Ph.D. student, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan)

Micah Bryant, Undergraduate Researcher

Alison Tran, Undergraduate Researcher (currently Account Manager, Thermo Fisher)

Heather Carmen Mercieca, Amgen Scholar

Moriah Garcia, Development Engineer (currently Project Manager, Genentech)

Song Yi Bae, Postdoctoral Fellow (currently Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota)

Katrina Warner, Amgen Scholar (currently Ph.D. student, Biomedical Sciences, Harvard)

Donya Khashayar, UCLA Transfer Student Summer Research Program

Rui Yan, Undergraduate Researcher (currently M.S./Ph.D. student, ICME, Stanford)

Ali Farhat, Undergraduate Researcher (currently M.D./Ph.D. student, University of Illinois College of Medicine-Chicago)

Adam Weiner, Undergraduate Researcher (currently Ph.D. student, Tri-Institute CompBio)

Annelien Zweemer, Postdoctoral Fellow (currently Assistant Professor, Leiden University)

Ryan Robinett, Undergraduate Researcher (currently Ph.D. student, Computer Science, University of Chicago)

Ning Guan, Undergraduate Researcher (currently Ph.D. student, Systems Biology, Harvard)

Simin Manole, Technical Assistant (currently Ph.D. student, Mol & Cell Biol, U Mass Amherst)

Christina Bray, Undergraduate Researcher

Nicole Kramer, Undergraduate Researcher (currently Ph.D. student, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, UNC at Chapel Hill)