Amanda uses evolution-based analyses to learn more about traits relevant to human health, such as longevity and vision. She is an active member of the RERconverge development team alongside her own research projects, which include RERconverge implementations, refining statistical methods, and incorporating data from numerous sources to complement computational analyses. Outside of her research endeavors, she has a strong interest in teaching, scientific outreach, and science writing.
Nathan Clark, Ph.D.
Elysia is a second-year PhD student in the CMU-Pitt Computational Biology program. Her current research focuses on finding regulatory elements that are correlated with the convergent evolution of the subterranean phenotype, using statistical and deep learning methods.
Jiaxuan is a visiting scholar from Xinghua University who studies different open chromatin regions between naked mole-rat and guinea pig associated with eye degeneration in subterranean environment. She is also working on verification of possible eye-related regulatory elements in zebrafish.
Luisa is a bioinformatics major at the University of Pittsburgh. She is interested in using computational techniques to identify patterns in species’ genomes to better understand the molecular basis for complex traits.