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Dr. Jennifer L. Wilson

Dr. Jennifer L. Wilson

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jennifer L. Wilson is an Assistant Professor at the UCLA Department of Bioengineering. With the Lab for the Understanding of Network Effects (LUNE), Dr. Wilson studies how proteins downstream of drug targets affect drug-induced phenotypes – the ability to mitigate disease or cause side effects. The lab aims to develop engineering principles for rationally designing novel drug targets by accounting for downstream protein effects. Prior to coming to UCLA, Dr. Wilson earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia, she was an NSF Graduate Fellow with Doug Lauffenburger at M.I.T., and recently completed a CERSI fellowship in Regulatory Science (with Russ Altman) and SPARK fellowship (with Kevin Grimes) at Stanford University.

Mohamad Alidoost

Mohamad Alidoost

PhD Student

I am a Ph.D. student in Bioengineering. I conducted research in computational fluid dynamics and applied machine learning methods to analyze various medical data in the past. My current research interest includes developing computational techniques to understand biological systems. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends, going to nature, and watching movies.

Rayo Suseno

Rayo Suseno

Masters Student

Rayo Suseno (pronounced rah-yo su-say-no) is a Master’s student in the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA. During his internship for a genetics company as a bioinformatician, he was introduced to the idea of pharmacogenomics, which inspired him to join LUNE. Rayo aims to apply and learn bioinformatics skills for the validation and further advancement of drug network research. Specifically, he would like to investigate how patient genetic variants affect the development of disease pathways in PathFX, by utilizing various databases. In his free time, Rayo enjoys running, playing music, and listening to old songs, mainly from the 80s.

Shawn Liu

Shawn Liu

Masters Student

Shawn Liu is a bioengineering graduate student at UCLA. Shawn is interested in mining clinical data to engineer computational models, as it has shown potential to be an integral tool to improving clinical predictions in medicine. Shawn has extensive dry lab and wet lab experiences, as he has previously worked with induced pluripotent stem cells and ODE models. When Shawn is not working in the lab, he can be found playing and composing music, running, hiking, cooking, teaching, and hanging out with friends. 

Arya Haghighi

Arya Haghighi

Undergraduate Researcher

I am currently a student studying Electrical Engineering & Computer science and Molecular Cellular Biochemistry. My current interest is using biological data to develop complex models or algorithms to better understand biological systems and relationships. In the past, I have worked at local universities and companies located around the Bay Area. I also have strong interpersonal and leadership skills, and never hesitate to create new opportunities for myself and for other people. I have worked successfully in both independent and team project environments, adapt readily to rapidly changing work conditions, and enjoy the prospect of contributing to scientific research for the advancement of knowledge. Although CS is currently popular in the modern era, Science is not about decomposing phenomena into a series of If/Else statements because the complexity behind biological systems and relationships causes us to dwell in the realms of infinite questions.

Jay Lesney

Jay Lesney

Undergraduate Researcher

Jay is an undergraduate bioengineering student at UCLA. Currently, he is working on modeling the downstream effects of drugs on cardiac networks through using PathFX. He hopes to further understand cardiac-related drugs and their phenotypes by analyzing drug targets and their associations with other proteins through network modeling. Jay enjoys running, rooting for his favorite sports teams, and playing the guitar in his free time.

Anjali Sivanandan

Anjali Sivanandan

Undergraduate Researcher

Anjali is an undergraduate studying Bioengineering at UCLA. Anjali is currently working on disease phenotyping the electronic health record by researching the clinical diagnosis and assessment of various diseases and translating them into computable terms corresponding with the electronic health record. The goal of this project is to analyze patterns and findings of the phenotyping process. These definitions can then help conduct observational studies to study predicted drug pathways provided by the PathFX algorithm.

Pouria Rostamiasrabadi

Pouria Rostamiasrabadi

Undergraduate Researcher

Coming soon!

Yifei Hao

Yifei Hao

Undergraduate Researcher

Yifei is an undergraduate in the department of bioengineering at UCLA. Currently, Yifei is working to understand the various methods of modeling drug synergy in silico which is advantageous in cost and flexibility compared to in vitro drug combinatory screenings. Building on this knowledge, the goal of this project is to utilize a network approach, taking into consideration drug targets and protein pathways among other features, to model the effect of synergistic drug combinations. Outside of school, Yifei enjoys exploring the outdoors through activities such as hiking and learning to cook new dishes with moderate success.

Kyle Petkovic

Kyle Petkovic

Alumni - Undergraduate Researcher

Kyle is currently a sophomore at University of Massachusetts, Amherst studying computer science and his interests are in software design. Kyle worked with Dr. Wilson during 2021 to build the benchmark_PathFX tool – a suite of code that compares how various sources of input data affect network predictions. With Kyle’s tool, the lab is actively investigating how changing drug binding and protein-protein interaction input data affect the ability to predict drug side effects.

Positions Available

Positions Available

Ph.D. or M.S. Graduate Students

All graduate applications must go through the Bioengineering application process. If interested in joining the lab, or if you have questions about research projects, please email Dr. Wilson.

Positions Available

Positions Available

Undergraduate Research Student

All interested applicants should contact Dr. Wilson directly.