Blanca E. Himes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Informatics
Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics
Institute for Biomedical Informatics

Ph.D. degree in Medical Physics and Bioinformatics from the Division of Health Sciences and Technology of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and B.S. degree in Physics from the University of California, San Diego. After completing postdoctoral work and spending four years as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Himes moved to the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of two UPenn Graduate Groups: Genomics and Computational Biology and Epidemiology and Biostatistics. You can read more about her background or download her CV.



Postdoctoral Fellows



Mengyuan Kan, Ph.D.

Ph.D. degree in genetics from Shanghai Institute for Biological sciences, Chinese Academy of Science. During her Ph.D. years, Dr. Kan was a visiting student at the center for statistical genetics in Baylor College of Medicine. After graduation, she worked in Shanghai Ninth People’s hospital. Her scientific passion lies in explaining the genetic and environmental contributions to complex diseases using high-throughput data.






Graduate Students



Sherrie Xie
B.S. Degree in Biochemistry and B.A. degrees in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Chicago. Sherrie is a VMD-PhD candidate in epidemiology with an interest in data science and using health informatics to arrive at a better understanding of environmental contributors to disease and gene-environment interactions.







UPenn Medical Students

Rebecca Greenblatt










UPenn Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program Students

Maya Shumyatcher
Maya Shumyatcher









Undergraduate Students

Colin Christie (UPenn Physics)

Lan Ngo (Swarthmore Computer Science)


Web Design and Development

Manuel Ruidiaz
Samantha Zauscher
William Zauscher


How to Join the Lab

We welcome highly motivated individuals to inquire about positions. We especially seek those with a quantitative background, proficiency in R/Matlab/Python programming, experience working in a high performance computing environment, knowledge of web design, and a demonstrated interest in genomics research. Interested parties can contact Dr. Himes for more details.


Previous Students

Graduate Rotation Students

Todd Miano (Fall 2015)

Master’s in Biotechnology

Jessica Levin (Fall 2014-Fall 2015)

Master of Public Health

Jasmine Jones (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)

Natasha Sastri (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)


Nikhil Chopra (UPenn LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program 2017)

Tamunobelebra Igoni (UPenn LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program 2017)

Laila Balkhi (UPenn Earth and Environmental Sciences Spring 2016-Spring 2017)

Edward Zhao (UPenn Biochemistry and Mathematical Biology Spring 2016-Spring 2017)

Kareha Agesa (UPenn LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program 2016)

Jennifer Viveiros (Drexel Biology Fall 2015-Spring 2016)

Omar Mansour (UPenn LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program 2015)

Enrique Torres Hernandez (UPenn LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program 2015)

Christopher Range (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)