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Zhiping Weng

Zhiping Weng, Director

With two engineering degrees (BS in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Biomedical Engineering), I love to make things work better. I spend all my time writing grants and papers, teaching, and running Zlab. I am confident that one day I will figure out how to write a computer program to do all of the above.
Location: AS5-1069
Phone: 508-856-8866

Thom Vreven

Thom Vreven, Assistant Professor

I received a Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry from King's College London, and since then spent much of my time (as postdoc at Emory, and research scientist in Gaussian) on the interface of classical force field and quantum chemical method development. The methods I developed I applied to biochemical problems such as enzyme catalysis. Currently I focus on the study of protein-protein interactions, and the development of the ZDOCK program for protein-protein docking. 
Location: AS5-1079


Eugenio Mattei, Post-Doc

I received my bachelor degree in Computer Enginering from the University of Palermo and my master degree and PhD in Bioinformatics from the niversity of Rome "Tor Vergata". My main research aim is to unravel the role of piRNAs in mammals. My scientific interests are: RNA secondary structures alignment and comparison; Small RNA genomics; Regulatory networks and gene regulation.
Location: AS5-1063

 Xiao-Ou Zhang

Xiao-Ou Zhang, Post-Doc

I obtained my BS in Bioengineering from Huazhong Agricultural University, a BS in Computer Science and Technology from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China in 2011 and PhD in Computational Biology from CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2016. I am obsesses with various state-of-the-art-high-throughput transcriptome profiling techniques.
Location: AS5-1077


Tyler Borrman, PhD Student

I received my BS in Applied Mathematics from San Francisco State University in 2013. My current interests include: Protein-protein interactions in the adaptive immune system, T cell engineering in cancer therapeutics and 3D organization of genomes.
Location: AS5-1068



Jill Moore, Bioinformatician III

I obtained my BS in Applied Mathematics with minors in Biology and Chemistry from UMass Amherst in 2012. I am interested in how the genome is regulated and how changes in regulation contribute to disease. 
Location: AS5-1081

Michael Purcaro

Michael Purcaro, PhD 

I completed a Bachelor's in Computer Science at Yale, and then earned a Master's in Computer Science at WPI.  After working for a year as a computation and neuroscience research assistant at Yale School of Medicine, I completed a diploma in pre-medical course work at Harvard Extension School. Before starting the MD/PhD program at UMass Worcester, I worked for 1.5 years as a computer analyst in computational neuroscience at MIT.
Location: AS5-1065

Hao Chen

Hao Chen, PhD Student

I am interested in finding the missing pieces in the piRNA jigsaw puzzle.  Specifically, I am working on a computational method to predict piRNA related genes in multiple species.  I am also interested in using integrated heterogeneous data for computational analysis. 
Location: AS5-1081

Yu Fu

Yu Fu, PhD Student

I received my B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Ocean University of China in 2012. I am interested in mining all kinds of sequencing data to gain biologically meaningful insights, especially into small silencing RNAs.
Location: AS5-1075

 Arjan van der Velde

Arjan van der Velde, PhD Student

I obtained my bachelor degree in Embedded Systems (CS) at Hogeschool van Amsterdam in 2009, and my masters degree in Bioinformatics at Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam 2012. I am interested in the computational analysis of gene regulation and transcription factor binding. 
Location: AS5-1075

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