Team

Priya Moorjani

Assistant Professor
Burroughs Wellcome Fund CASI Fellow
Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology
Center for Computational Biology
moorjani at berkeley dot edu

Priya did a bachelors in Computer Engineering at the University of Mumbai and M.S. in Bioinformatics at George Washington University. She received her Ph.D. in Genetics from Harvard University, working with David Reich and Nick Patterson. She did her postdoc with Molly Przeworki at Columbia University. She moved to Berkeley in 2018.

Rémi Tournebize

Postdoctoral Researcher
rtournebize at berkeley dot edu

Rémi has a MSc. and a PhD (2014) in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology from the University of Montpellier. During his PhD, he developed novel modeling approaches to learn about the history of demographic changes and selection events that shaped contemporary genetic diversity in plant species (Amborella trichopoda, Coffea canephora) and human populations of European and African ancestry. For his postdoc, he is developing new methods to characterize the properties of founder events in admixed populations, and to assess their role in shaping genetic diversity and driving recessive diseases.

Manjusha Chintalapati

Postdoctoral Researcher
m_chintalapati at berkeley dot edu

Manjusha received a Bachelors of Technology (B.Tech) in Biotechnology from Andhra University, India and Masters of Technology (M.Tech) in Bioinformatics from the University of Hyderabad, India. She received her Ph.D. (2018) in Bioinformatics from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, where she was working with Dr. Kay Prüfer and Prof. Peter Stadler. Her dissertation was on the studying the evolution of indels and large scale structural variants in ancient hominins (Neandertals and Denisovans), modern humans and other primates. For her postdoc, she is involved in developing methods for dating admixture and studying evolutionary forces such as mutation rate and its variation across species.

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Student Researcher
vas dot venk at berkeley dot edu

Vasudev is a Junior studying Computer Science at UC Berkeley. His previous research experience at UC Berkeley’s RISE Lab, supervised by Professor Randy Katz, focused on creating innovative interfaces to modify user transportation habits and reduce Carbon Emissions using Machine Learning. In the Moorjani Lab, he is working on methods to reconstruct human population ancestry, applying machine learning approaches for deconvolving local ancestry in admixed populations.

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Student Researcher
mclafferty at berkeley dot edu

Morgan is a second year student studying Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at UC Berkeley. Her previous research experience at Thermo Fisher Scientific focused on optimizing the workflow of commercial CRISPR/Cas9-based human genome editing tools. In the Moorjani lab, she is working on perform computational and statistical analysis to characterize human evolutionary history.

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Student Researcher
suhnkim at berkeley dot edu

Sean is a freshman currently studying Materials Science Engineering at UC Berkeley. His previous research experience was at UC Irvine under the guidance of Professor Rachel Martin where he studied the novel proteases in the carnivorous plant D. capensis and their binding specificities. In the Moorjani lab, Sean aims to perform simulations to test different methods for characterizing admixture events.