BEH_UPenn

Blanca E. Himes, Ph.D.
Associate 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. Download her CV.

@blancahimes

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.

Jaehyun Joo, Ph.D.
Ph.D. degree in in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. During his Ph.D. years, Dr. Joo worked on pattern recognition of dietary data to elucidate food intake patterns among sedentary young adults. His research interest is to understand underlying mechanisms of complex diseases using biomedical informatics approaches to bring about effective means of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Graduate Students

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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.

Bioinformatics Staff

Avantika Diwadkar

Medical Students

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Rebecca Greenblatt

Undergraduate Students

Colin Christie (UPenn Physics; Short Term Educational Experiences for Research in Environmental Science)

Lena Leszinsky (UPenn Biology)

Web Design and Development

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Samantha Zauscher
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William Zauscher

How to Join the Lab

Highly motivated individuals are welcome 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

Jessica Meeker (Fall 2018)

Alexa Woodward (Fall 2018)

Todd Miano (Fall 2015)

Master’s in Biotechnology

Jessica Levin (Fall 2014-Fall 2015)

Master of Environmental Studies

Kristina Victoreen (Fall 2017-Spring 2018)

Master of Public Health

Jasmine Jones (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)

Natasha Sastri (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)

Undergraduate

Gabriel Soliman (UPenn Biology)

Alicia Jen (UPenn Health and Societies; Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program)

Madison Goldstein (UPenn Health and Societies; Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program)

Anna Mujica (UPenn Bioengineering)

Melissa Morales (Short Term Educational Experiences for Research in Environmental Science 2018)

Akua Temeng (Short Term Educational Experiences for Research in Environmental Science 2018)

Ayomide Ojebuoboh (UPenn LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program 2018)

Lan Ngo (Swarthmore Computer Science Summer 2017)

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)