Joining the group

We are always looking for talented postdocs and Ph.D. and undergraduate students. It is expected that students have an outstanding understanding of algorithm design and analysis and/or strong programming skills. Knowledge of biology can be helpful but is not required.

If you are a postdoc interested in joining the lab, please send a CV and cover letter in an email. If you are an undergrad interested in joining the lab, please read more here. If you are interested in joining the lab as a graduate student and are enrolled in Penn State, please send an email. If you are not currently enrolled, you must first apply to the Ph.D. program. For application instructions through CSE, please visit here. If you already have biological or bioinformatics background, you might also consider in applying through Penn State’s Bioinformatics and Genomics graduate program. Please note that due to the quantity of email I receive, I may not directly respond to emails regarding admissions.

Current Members

Past Members

Amatur Rahman, CSE Ph.D. student (2018-2023) (as of 2024, postdoc with Zachary Szpiech)
Sasha Darmon, ENS intern (2022)
Tizian Shultz, PANGAEA visitor (2022)
Andreas Rempel, PANGAEA visitor (2021-2022)
Askar Gafurov, PANGAEA visitor (2021-2022)
Bob Harris, Assistant Research Professor (2016-2021)
Doug Mercer, CSE M.S. student (2021)
Ilia Minkin, CSE Ph.D. student (2014-2020) (as of 2022, postdoc with Steven Salzberg)
Natasha Stopa, CSE M.S. student (2017-2019) (as of 2022, at Amazon)
Rahul Vegesna, BG Ph.D. student (2013-2020) (as of 2020, Postdoc at National Cancer Institute)
Kristoffer Sahlin, Postdoc (2015-2019)  (as of 2022, Assistant Professor at Stockholm University)
Rayan Chikhi, postdoc (2012-2014) (as of 2022, group leader at Institut Pasteur)
Chen Sun, CSE Ph.D. student (2013-2018) (as of 2018, at LinkedIn)
John Hutton, CSE M.S. student (2017-2018) (as of 2018, instructor at West Point)
Mayank Pahadia, CSE M.S. student (2016-2017) (as of 2017, at Microsoft)
Jan Holub, Visiting Fullbright Faculty (Fall 2016) 
Marco Previtali, visitor (Summer 2016) 
Wen Zhang, undergrad researcher (2015)
Kaley Chicoine, undergrad researcher (2014)
Alexandru Tomescu, visitor (Fall 2014)
Antoine Limasset, ENS intern (Summer 2013)
Jan Schröder, visitor (Fall 2012)