Current Members

Syed A. Rahman | Joined April 2020

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Syed is a post-doctoral researcher in Das Lab at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining Pitt, he completed his PhD in Computer Science under Professor Donald Adjeroh from the Department of Computer Science at the West Virginia University. He wants to play a significant role in the process of creating and transferring knowledge through research. His professional objective is to pursue a research career at a university or in a research organization.

Jishnu Das | Biography

Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor

Jishnu completed an undergrad degree in Bioengineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur followed by graduate studies in Computational Biology at Cornell University. After a short postdoc at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT & Harvard/MIT, Jishnu started his Systems Immunology lab. His most important role is that of a “translator" of jargon across disciplines (comp bio, basic and translational clinical immunology); this helps bridge the interdisciplinary expertise in the lab. He is also a cheerleader for all projects in the lab.

Hanxi Xiao | Joined August 2020

PhD Student | CMU-Pitt Program in Computational Biology (CPCB)

Hanxi is currently a PhD student focusing on developing methods for sequencing data analyses. She is mainly interested in applied statistics and machine learning approaches. She has 2 cats who take up most of her free time and is trying to grow a patio garden!

Swapnil Keshari | Joined January 2022

PhD Student | CMU-Pitt Program in Computational Biology (CPCB)

Swapnil is a Computational biologist enthusiast with a keen interest in the field of genomics. Before joining the CPCB program, he completed his B.Tech. in chemical engineering from IIT Bombay, India. He likes to travel a lot and is always up for outdoor sports :). In addition to that, he loves to read crime fiction novels, paint and swim.

Prabal Chhibbar | Joined January 2022

PhD Student | Integrative Systems Biology (ISB)

Prabal completed his B.Tech in computer science and engineering from SRM Institute of Science and Technology in 2019. His interests are in Protein-Protein Interactions, Host-Viral interactions, complex networks, machine learning and deep learning. Prabal is always eager to discuss science and brainstorm ideas. Out of work, you can find him passionately discussing politics, hanging out with his friends or reading voraciously and consuming a whole lot of content.

Trirupa Chakraborty | Joined January 2022

PhD Student | Integrative Systems Biology (ISB)

Trirupa has done her BS-MS dual degree from IISER Mohali, India. Her research is primarily focused on understanding the network of non-coding DNA regions in the B cell and how they may affect B cell fate dynamics. When she is not squinting at large blocks of code, you'd find her exploring new places to eat, grooving to random Tamil songs and learning Indian classical dance or just chillin' with her friends B)

Javad Rahimikollu | Joined February 2022

PhD Student | CMU-Pitt Program in Computational Biology (CPCB)

Javad enjoys doing research and developing methods for solving real-world problems.

Priyamvada Guha Roy | Joined February 2022

Masters Student | Human Genetics

Priyamvada is a second year master's student in the Department of Human Genetics. She is interested in studying the genetic architecture underlying complex traits of public health importance. In her free time, she enjoys baking and petting dogs.

Trang Dang | Joined March 2022

Masters Student | Human Genetics

Trang is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Genomic Bioinformatics in Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh of Public Health. She is interested in software development and algorithm implementation of statistical methods to analyze “omic” data for innovating genomic tools.

Anna Rosengart | Joined January 2022


Anna is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Data Science and a B.F.A. in Jazz Studies. She has been working on data analysis and statistical method development with the Das Lab since February of 2022 and will be continuing with the lab as she begins her Ph.D. in Statistics in the fall at Carnegie Mellon University. Her current interests are factor analysis and hidden Markov models.

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Kiran Nazarali | Joined June 2020

Undergraduate Student | Computer Science

Kiran is an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has been working as a student researcher in Dr Das's lab since 2020. Her research involves mining and analyzing data using machine learning algorithms and differential expression analysis. As a researcher in the field of data science, she utilizes programming languages including R, Python, and Java. Her goal is to use critical thinking skills to solve computing problems and acquire skills to conquer the problems of tomorrow.

Jacob Berkowitz | Joined May 2021

Undergraduate Student | Statistics

Jacob is a 4th year statistics major at the University of Pittsburgh also pursuing minors in mathematics and computer science. His research lies in the utilization of machine learning within high dimensional data. He is interested in the application of my research in the fields of medicine and sports, particularly baseball (go Dodgers!).

Ansgar Devadhasan | Joined June 2022

Undergraduate Student | Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami

Ansgar is a rising sophomore at the University of Miami studying biomedical engineering with an electrical concentration.


Ratna Sharma | Joined June 2022

Undergraduate Student | Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

Ratna Sharma is majoring in Biomedical Engineering on the premed track at Columbia University (class of 2025) as an Egleston Scholar in hopes to pursue an MD/PhD. She aspires to combine her passion for research and technology to alleviate healthcare issues. Her past research experiences at institutions such as Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, MDI Biological Laboratory, and more have encouraged her to join the Cellular Engineering Laboratory at Columbia to aid in research on osteoarthritis and diabetes.

Jane Siwek | Joined June 2022

Undergraduate Student | TechBio REU Internship

Jane is a student researcher pursuing a degree in Computational & Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Mathematical Biology Track from William & Mary. She is interested in the intersection between data science and biology, specifically using machine and deep learning methods to explore biological problems such as protein-protein interactions. She is also interested in using deep learning and neural networks to explore global education data and satellite imagery.

Valisha Shah | Joined June 2022


Valisha is passionate about machine learning, and that is what drove her to this lab. She is working here with interpretable machine learning and is excited to learn and master it.


Simar Yadav | Joined February 2022

Undergraduate Student | IIT Roorkee

Simar is an Undergraduate Student Researcher in Das Lab at the University of Pittsburgh and a Senior at IIT Roorkee in the department of Biosciences and Bioengineering. His hobbies are playing soccer and swimming. His research interest lies in the field of Computational Biology and Genomics and he loves to learn more about it.

Carlos Cosme Jr. | Joined June 2022

Rotating MSTP Student | Pitt-CMU Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Carlos is an incoming MS1 in the Pitt-CMU MSTP who is currently doing a summer research rotation in the Das lab. He is interested in genetics, genomics and personalized medicine and aspires to better bridge the bench and bedside in his future career as an MD-PhD physician-scientist.

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Iliyan Nazarali | Joined June 2022

High School Student | Hillman Cancer Academy Program

Iliyan is a high school student interested in majoring in Computer science. He is thrilled to be a part of Das lab. His first assignment is to work on a Coauthorship Network project. He believes the purpose of research is to enhance knowledge and find solutions to real-life issues. We all have unique perspectives on how to approach problems and using each other's insight we can create a more efficient, comprehensive end product.

Lab Alumni

Eunseo Sung, Undergraduate Student Researcher (2021-22)

Lian Morales, Undergraduate Student Researcher (2021-22) 

Roshni Bhatt, CPCB Rotation Student (2020), CPCB Graduate Student

Sophia Hu, CPCB Rotation Student (2020), CPCB Graduate Student

Amna Irfan, TECBio@REU undergraduate (2020)

Xin (Mike) Bing [Primary Mentors - Florentina Bunea & Marten Wegkamp @Cornell], Graduate Student (2020-21), Postdoc at the University of Cambridge

Woo Yong Chang, Master's Student (2020-21), Graduate Student at UT Southwestern

                                                                                            Current as of July 2022