We are always looking for highly motivated group members. Please feel free to contact Heejung Shim if you are interested in joining us or having a rotation.
Heejung Shim: I am a Group Leader in the Centre for Systems Genomics and Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in US) in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne. I completed my BS in Mathematics (with a double major in Computer Science and Engineering) from the POSTECH, and my PhD in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, advised by Dr. Bret Larget. I did a postdoc at the University of Chicago working with Dr. Matthew Stephens. Previous to my position here, I was a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at the Purdue University for two years.
Israa Al-Qassem, PhD student in Computer Science at Purdue University: I did my undergrad in Computer Engineering at Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan, and my M.Sc in Computer Science at Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Currently, I’m interested in data mining and bioinformatics, i.e., the application of machine learning to genetic data because as I see this field has a great potential for improving human health.
Emery Goossens, PhD Student in Statistics at Purdue University: I completed a BA in Economics at New York University and M.Sc. in Statistics at the University of Toronto. I am interested in machine learning methods and Bayesian modeling of genomic data.
Patrick Medina, PhD Student in Statistics at Purdue University: I received my B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and my M.Sc. in Mathematics from the California State University at Northridge. My current research interests lie in the field of computer vision. I am currently developing statistical methods for shape descriptors using Topological Data Analysis (TDA) with applications to images of complex phenotypes used in genetic association analysis such as quantitative trait locus mapping and genome wide association studies.
Yash Kumar Sonthalia, Master student in Computer Science at Purdue University: I did my Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jodhpur. I am currently exploring the applications of Machine Learning in bioinformatics, specifically in RNA sequencing data. I’m also interested in applications of Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing. In my free time, I like to play squash, Dota 2 and draw sketches.
Former Group Members
- Nathan Hankey (2016-2017): Master Student in Statistics at Purdue University, Currently Statistical Analyst at Medpace
- Sicheng Hao (2016-2017): Undergraduate Student in Statistics at Purdue University, Currently Research Assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center