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.

Yul2in Zhang

Graduate Student
zhangyulin9806 at  berkeley dot edu
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.

Laurits Skovlaurits2

Postdoctoral Researcher
lauritsskov at berkeley dot edu

Laurits did his PhD (2017) in Bioinformatics at Aarhus Univeristy in Mikkel Heide Schierup’s group.  Here he developed a method for detecting Neandertal and Denisovan ancestry in modern humans without using the archaic reference genomes and used it to find archaic segments in 27,566 Icelanders and 89 Papuans. He did a postdoc in Benjamin Peters group (2018-2021) at the Max Planck institute for evolutionary anthropology in Leipzig where he further studied archaic introgression in ancient genomes and studied Neandertal communities. In the Moorjani Lab, he will be focusing on studying archaic introgression in South Asian populations and evolution of human germline mutation rate.

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.

Elise Kerdoncuffelise_picture

Postdoctoral Researcher
kerdoncuff at berkeley dot edu

Elise did her bachelor’s in Biology and Applied Mathematics and a Master in Ecology, Biodiversity and Evolution at the Sorbonne University, France. She received her Ph.D (2021) in Population Genetics from the Sorbonne University where she worked with Guillaume Achaz and Amaury Lambert at the Natural History Museum and the College de France, Paris, France. During her Ph.D, she developed methods to infer the recent demography of human populations leveraging polymorphisms and genetic linkage data. Elise joined the Moorjani Lab in 2022. She is working on South Asian population history and local ancestry inference.

Jierui (Jerry) Xuimage (29)

Student Researcher
jierui.xu at berkeley dot edu

Jerry is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Molecular & Cell Biology and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. During his freshman year, he worked on computational biology research focusing on natural language processing at iGEM at Berkeley. Jerry joined Moorjani Lab in Summer 2021. He will be working on machine learning methods to investigate population genetics analysis of human populations.

Meaghan  Marohnphoto

Graduate student
meaghan_marohn at Berkeley dot edu

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.

NathanNathan_mcb Cramer

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. In the Moorjani Lab, he is working on understanding mutation rate variation among human populations.

ElenaMiller_Photo_Elena Zavala

Incoming Miller Postdoctoral fellow (Fall 2022)

Elena did her B.S in Biochemistry and B.A. in Music from Santa Clara University and a Masters in forensic science. She got her PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany) in Matthias Meyer’s group. During her PhD, she used ancient DNA from skeletal remains and sediments to reconstruct occupational patterns of ancient humans and other mammals at Paleolithic sites. She also demonstrated how ancient DNA methods can increase success rates for DNA profiling in forensic casework. As a Miller fellow, she is interested in developing and evaluating computational and laboratory methods for working with low quality samples in ancient DNA and forensic genetics

JesseonJesseon Chang-MCB1_SSP1261 (1)_cropped Chang

Graduate Student
jesseon_chang at berkeley dot edu

Jesseon is a first year PhD student in the Molecular and Cell Biology PhD Program. He graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Engineering Physics and an MEng in Computer Science, and worked as a software engineer for several years. Prior to Berkeley, he worked in the Rock lab at the Rockefeller University, and used the lab’s CRISPRi system to study Mycobacterium tuberculosis and developed a database and analytics platform for over 50,000 tuberculosis genomes. In the Moorjani lab, he will be working on incorporating complex population history and structure to identify selection in admixed populations.

Sarahsarah_photo Johnson

Graduate Student
sarahj32 at berkeley dot edu

Sarah is a PhD student in the computational biology program. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2017 with a degree in cellular, molecular, and developmental biology. During undergrad, she worked in the Brewer-Raghuraman lab studying origins of DNA replication in yeast. After graduation, she worked at Adaptive Biotechnologies for 4 years analyzing how various diseases and therapies shape the adaptive immune system. In the Moorjani lab, Sarah will be studying introgression in early modern humans.

Group Photos

Vivian Slon visits UC Berkeley, 2022

Screen Shot 2022-09-06 at 5.01.52 PM

Lab lunch and Boba, 2020

Image from iOS (2)

At Computational Biology Retreat, 2019


Lab Picnic with Submant Lab, 2018