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Lab Members

Yingleong (Rigel) Chan, Ph.D.

Rigel is the Principal Investigator of the lab. Rigel is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Rigel started his career as a software engineer after graduating from the School of Computing (B.Comp) at the National University of Singapore. Soon after, he applied for a graduate fellowship to study Bioinformatics at the School of Medicine and graduated with a Masters of Science in Bioinformatics. Rigel then proceeded to continue his graduate education by studying Genetics and Genomics at Harvard University under the supervision of Prof. Joel Hirschhorn. After graduating, he did his Postdoc research in Functional Genomics at Prof. George Church's Lab at the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School.

Rigel has a deep interest in applying quantitative approaches using in-vitro models to further genetics research. His research is interdisciplinary encompassing both bioinformatics (Algorithm Design, Statistical Analysis, Data Processing, etc) as well as wet-lab experimental approaches (Tissue Culture, DNA and RNA sequencing, Gene Editing, etc).

Rigel can be contacted at Rigel {dot} Chan {at} umassmed {dot} edu

Molly Smullen


Molly is a Research Assistant bioinformatician of the lab and is working on analyzing how genetic variation is associated with a variety of in-vitro phenotypes.

Molly can be contacted at Molly {dot} Smullen {at} umassmed {dot} edu

Pepper Dawes

Meagan Olson

Liam Murray

Madhu Suresh

Jenny Yan

Former Lab members

Name Position Dates
Mannix Burns Research Assistant Sept 2020 - Feb 2021
Jivana Mason Research Assistant  March 2021 - Jan 2022
Julia Reichert Research Assistant Sept 2020 - June 2022