Hello! My name is Rishika and I am a Masters student in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics at UBC. I have a background in Chemistry and I am very interested in translating my knowledge of pharmacology into actions that can improve patient outcomes. My current project focuses on the development of triple co-culture airway model systems for asthma pathogenesis and evaluation using single cell multiomics. In my spare time, I love to read, swim, sing and play my harmonium.
Hello, I’m Tony, a fourth-year Math student with a minor in Data Science at the University of British Columbia. My passions include data science, machine learning, mathematical modelling, and statistics. Outside of school, I enjoy playing soccer with friends, and hike different mountains!
Hey all! I’m Roy, a third year Computer Science and Physics student, with a special interest in AI and applications. My passions include statistics, programming, and in general finding ways for technology to make the world a better place. In my spare time, I enjoy biking, hiking, and watching advanced physics videos and pretending I understand them.
Michael is a PhD student in the Department of Bioinformatics at UBC. He completed his undergraduate degree in Microbiology & Immunology in 2022 and is currently interested in research involving the effects of diesel exhaust on the immune system. His current project aims to determine changes in the transcriptome, metabolome, and proteome in response to controlled dosages of air pollution. In his spare time, he enjoys playing badminton and listening to music. (Co-supervised with Dr. Chris Carlsten)
Hello! My name is Jeffrey Tang. I am currently working at the CompBio Lab focusing on benchmarking existing tools for differential network analyses of single cell sequencing data. Previously I had experience with exome sequencing data and machine learning classification. I am currently interested in furthering my knowledge in deep learning and localized cell-to-cell interactions and predicting clinically actionable outcomes. In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, craft beer, and playing board games.
Young Woong Kim
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Kim is a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Amrit Singh’s lab at the University of British Columbia (UBC). His current research focuses on blood biomarker discovery in immune diseases, especially systemic sclerosis with interstitial lung disease. His Ph.D. study at UBC developed his interest in systemic immune responses in peripheral blood from people with allergic rhinitis and was published in Allergy and the Journal of Immunology. His academic and industrial research journey allowed him to experience dry and wet laboratory skills in various research topics related to immunology, neuroscience, and gastroenterology. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, taking pictures of nature, and reading books with his children, especially reading the Holy Bible for kids. And he also likes to go fishing in rivers or lakes with his family. (Co-supervised with Drs. Kevin Keen and James Dunne)
Hello, I’m Akshdeep, a Biostatistician at BC Children’s Hospital, working as a RA for the CompBio Lab. I have a background in computer science and statistics, having studied both at UBC. My main passion lies in developing innovative statistical learning methods, particularly graph neural networks, with the aim of improving disease prediction and diagnosis. During my free time, you can often find me at Kit’s Beach, enjoying a game of tennis or exploring the beautiful Pacific Spirit Forest.
Hello there! I’m Yovindu, a fifth-year student at UBC, majoring in Mathematics with a Minor in Data Science. My passion lies in working with real-life data and utilizing machine learning and deep learning techniques to enhance my skills. When I’m not busy with my studies, you’ll often find me hiking in good weather or enjoying a cozy time at a coffee shop, occasionally even working at one!
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Maryam is a postdoctoral fellow in Bioinformatics/Machine Learning. She has several years of academic and work experience delivering diverse advanced analytics solutions using quantitative and statistical analysis, data mining, and machine learning methods as well as effective visualization of data to provide actionable insights.
Her current research focuses on integrating digital pathology with electronic health records for predicting outcomes in heart transplantation. This includes conducting data harmonization across multiple data types such as electronic health records, digital pathology, clinical notes, and omics measurements for patients undergoing heart transplantation, developing predictive models of rejection trajectories using multimodal data as well as benchmarking the existing methodologies for time-series data imputation, clustering, and classification.
Maryam’s PhD thesis was focused on using machine learning based frameworks to build multivariate robust models to predict the rates of longitudinal cognitive decline in older adults and to identify the most significant predictors of longitudinal cognitive decline.
In her free time, Maryam enjoys playing volleyball, painting, and doing yoga.
Hello! My name is Raam, and I am a PhD student in Bioinformatics here at UBC’s CompBio Lab with a background in both Biomedical Science and Bioinformatics. I am very interested in creating software tools for disease biomarker discovery which is a step towards eventually designing disease therapeutics. My current project is on the development of multimodal deep learning models that will be used to predict risk-associated biomarkers in patients affected by Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring the outdoors, baking, and playing board games with friends. (Co-supervised with Dr. Zachary Laksman)
Directed studies student
Hello, my name is Prabhleen and I’m a third year undergraduate student studying Integrated Sciences, specializing in infectious diseases and physiology. I am interested in exploring the intersection between computer and health sciences through my position in the CompBio lab. I also hope to diversify my research interests by learning from the various ongoing projects in the lab, and building on my foundational knowledge of physiology. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, reading, and listening to music!
Hello! I’m Ming, I’m an MSc student in the Genome Science and Technology program at UBC. I have a background in basic data analysis and clinical medicine with an international M.D. major in pulmonary diseases. I’m interested in improving diagnosis and treatment outcomes by using efficient predictive models. In my spare time, I like drawing, reading, and playing Tai Chi.
High school student
Hello! I’m Joey, a high school senior passionate about neuroscience and computational biology. I aim to major in biology or biochemistry and later pursue an M.D. and Ph.D. in Bioinformatics or Neuroscience. I’m interested in the interdisciplinary side of research and how fields like computer science and philosophy intersect with biology. My current project involves creating a Drug-target network explorer for drug repurposing for scleroderma. In my spare time, I like reading, playing tennis, and camping.
Patrick Thangarajah is a 4th-year Mechanical Engineering Student at the University of British Columbia, pursuing an option in Biomedical Engineering. His interests lie in using technology to track and improve medicine and healthcare. He enjoys keeping up with advancements in technology, playing piano, hiking and playing basketball.
My name is Kayla Korolek, and I just finished my first year at UBC’s Southern Medical Program in Kelowna, BC. I am originally from Prince George, BC, where I completed my bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences (Honours), with a major in Biomedical Studies. My research experience includes work in qualitative research methods and working with people with physical disabilities about the social aspects of health. In my spare time I enjoy getting chai’s with friends, golf, and spending time by the water! I am fascinated by Dr. Amrit Singh’s current work, and I am so excited to work with everyone.
Hello, I’m Gurjot! I am a second year student at UBC studying computer science. Apart from research, I enjoy playing hockey, watching movies, and hiking.
Directed studies student
Jaimie is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Pharmacology at UBC. She has an interest in multidisciplinary research and much of her work intersects physiology, programming, and statistics. Her current project at the CompBio Lab focuses on applying biologically informed graph neural networks to omics data. In her spare time, she enjoys producing music, listening to podcasts, hip hop dance, and exploring the outdoors!
May 2022-April 2023
Priyanshu Mahey is a fourth year integrated sciences student focusing on neurobio. His passions lie in implementing technology to solve the biggest challenges affecting biology. In his free time, he loves exploring the city and building cool projects.
Sept 2022-April 2023
Hello! My name is Dantong. I have a background in bioinformatics and I am very interested in utilizing multi-omics data to understand diseases or traits. My current project focuses on genomics, lipidomics and metabolomics and the integration of multi-omics data. In my spare time, I love to cook and travel. (Co-supervised with Drs. Kevin Keen and James Dunne)
April 2023-June 2023
Visiting International Research Student
Hi, my name is Asees Singh. I am a third year undergrad student in a 4-year Bachelors in Pharmacy program at the Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research in Delhi. I I am a Visiting International Research Student at the CompBio Lab. My primary fields of interest are pharmacogenomics and the applications of omics in pharmacology and pharmacy. Outside the campus, I am an avid writer.
June 2023-July 2023
Hello! My name is Samuel, and I’m a fifth-year undergraduate student majoring in Statistics at UBC. I enjoy learning new ways to extract information and gain insight from data, which has led to an interest in statistics, data science, and machine learning. In my spare time, I enjoy badminton, dragon boating, and exploring new coffee shops around Vancouver. (Co-supervised with Dr. Ying Wang)