PhD student in Biomedical Engineering
I am Vik a 2nd year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering Department working in Dr. Thomas Milner's group. My primary focus is on tackling tissue classification problems in the heart and the brain based on optical coherence tomography imaging technology using neural network methods. The rest of my research involves investigating Alzheimer's disease diagnosis using novel retinal optical coherence tomogrophy devices. The thesis of my research is to employ artificial intelligence to facilitate consistent and accurate image analysis for better diagnosis based on tissue morphology. I am also fascinated by entrepreneurship and the process of translating technology to the marketplace. In my free time I enjoy reading, hiking and tennis.
Evan loves connecting data with people and real-world problems. He aims to aid discovery by bringing the best of modern statistics to the table with interdisciplinary teams working on challenging, cutting-edge research. He enjoys applying the lessons he’s learned from multiple software engineering internships to statistical problems. Evan holds Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Computer Science from UT-Austin, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Statistics.
PhD student in Cellular & Molecular Biology
Raghav graduated with a B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University in 2012. From there, he joined the research team at Asuragen where he worked on automating data analysis for their fragile X assay. Now a third year Ph.D. student at UT-Austin, he is a member of the Ellington lab, researching the use of directed evolution techniques to create novel functional proteins as well as using large data sets from next gen sequencing to better inform wet lab experiments.
PhD student in Computer Science
As an undergraduate at UC Merced, Kevin studied experimental chemistry, with an emphasis on polymers and II-VI quantum dots. One day, he decided that he was done with breathing in cadmium-laden solvents, and decided to look for another line of study. His search lead him to high-performance computing and eventually intothe computer and computational sciences. He currently studies computational geometry and symmetry under Chandrajit Bajaj in ICES.
Serena Zhao is a student in the Moran lab in the department of Integrative Biology. She is interested in molecular evolution in heritable symbiosis. Serena received an A.B. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University in 2012, where she worked on the distribution of the fungal parasite Laboulbeniales on beetle hosts. Previously, she has worked on immune trade-offs in savannah rodents, virulence in a yeast-insect experimental evolution system, and market strategy using choice modeling and survey data. Serena is currently working on characterizing the scale of drift in the Buchnera - pea aphid system.