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.

Rémi Tournebize

Postdoctoral Researcher
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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
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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.

headshotKailey Ferger

Graduate Student 
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Kailey is a first year student in the Computational Biology PhD program at 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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Meaghan is an incoming PhD student in the Molecular and Cell Biology program, starting Fall 2020. She graduated in 2018 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. Meaghan is excited to be part of the Moorjani lab and explore population genetics and the evolution of mutation rate across species.

Yul2in Zhang

Graduate Student
zhangyulin9806 at  berkeley dot edu

Yulin is a first year student in the Computational Biology PhD program at UC, Berkeley (starting in Fall 2020). 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
gillichu at berkeley dot edu

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.

Group Photos

Lab lunch and Boba, 2020

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At Computational Biology Retreat, 2019


Lab Picnic with Submant Lab, 2018