Priya Moorjani

Assistant Professor
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 Przeworski at Columbia University. She moved to Berkeley in 2018.

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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Graduate Student 
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Kailey is a PhD student in the Computational Biology program at UC, Berkeley. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Computational Biology and a minor in Brain and Cognitive Science. At Rochester, Kailey studied the developmental patterns of Spiralian organisms and discovered evidence against against the widely known hourglass model of development in these organisms. Kailey’s research has also spanned the areas of cancer biology and microRNAs. In the Moorjani lab, Kailey is studying the differences in mutational signatures between human populations and their causes.

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Student Researcher
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Sean is 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 is working on methods for for characterizing local ancestry inference in admixed populations.

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Graduate student
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Meghan is a PhD student in the Molecular and Cell Biology program at UC, Berkeley. She graduated from Barnard College, where she studied Biology and Anthropology. Following graduation, Meaghan worked for two years in Dr. Catherine Pei-Ju Lu’s lab at NYU Langone, investigating transcriptomic changes in inflammatory skin disease using single cell RNA sequencing. In the Moorjani lab, Meaghan will explore population genetics and the evolution of mutation rate across species.

Yul2in Zhang

Graduate Student
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Yulin is a first year student in the Computational Biology PhD program at UC, Berkeley. She graduated from the Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), Guangdong, China with a B.S. in Computational Biology. In SYSU, she worked on cancer evolution, investigating the pattern of cancer cell migration and the evolutionary process of tumorigenesis. In Fall 2019, she attended UC Berkeley as an exchanged student and worked with Rasmus Nielsen’s group on genetic rescue and selection. In the Moorjani lab, Yulin will be working on identifying signatures of selection in admixed populations.

Gillian Chu

Student Researcher
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Gillian is studying Computer Science with a minor in Bioengineering at UC Berkeley. Her previous research experience was at the Marshall Lab, where she worked on optimizing models of infectious disease transmission, specifically studying gene drives in clustered landscapes. In the Moorjani lab, Gillian is working on methods for characterizing signatures of admixture events in humans.

Rotation students

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Graduate Student
natecramer at berkeley dot edu

Nathan is a PhD student in the Molecular and Cell Biology graduate program. In 2018, he received a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. Upon graduating, he spent two additional years working at UCSF as a staff research associate. During his time in the Anderson Lab, he analyzed the “promiscuous” gene expression patterns in Aire-expressing cells of the thymus and periphery. His project in the Moorjani Lab involves the characterization of founder events and their impact on functional variation in human populations.

SamvardhiniSamvardhini Sridharan

Graduate Student
sridharan at berkeley dot edu

Samvardhini is a PhD student in the Molecular Cell Biology graduate program. She graduated with a degree in Genetics and Genomics from UC Davis in 2020. During her time in the Arsuaga-Vazquez Lab, she simulated and developed a statistical method to quantify chromosome entanglement. In the Moorjani Lab, her project involves understanding the evolutionary history of COVID susceptibility loci in human populations.

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Graduate Student
annabel_large at berkeley dot edu

Annabel is a PhD student in the Bioengineering Graduate Program graduate program. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Before coming to Berkeley, she completed a Fulbright research fellowship with Dr. Erik Alexandersson at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp, Sweden, focusing on data integration and network modeling to better understand the immune responses in potato plants. In the Moorjani lab, she is working to identifying loss of function variants related to genetic diseases across founder populations in South Asia. 

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Graduate Student
prakruthi_burra at berkeley dot edu

Prakruthi is a first year PhD student in the Computational Biology program at UC, Berkeley. She graduated with an MS in Bioinformatics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Prior to that, she graduated with degrees in Computer Science and Biological Sciences from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Hyderabad. At UIUC, her work focussed on machine learning applications in the clinical domain. In the Moorjani lab, Prakruthi will be working on local ancestry inference.

Group Photos

Lab lunch and Boba, 2020

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At Computational Biology Retreat, 2019


Lab Picnic with Submant Lab, 2018