PhD students:

Sukanya Panja is a PhD candidate in Health Informatics at Rutgers SHP. Sukanya holds M.S in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. During her Master's thesis, she developed a strong interest in computational analysis, algorithms, and data mining applicable to Health Informatics. Her PhD interests are focused on computational approaches to understand epigenetic mechanisms that govern drug response and resistance, including prostate and breast cancer.
Sukanya Panja
PhD student

Nusrat Epsi is a PhD candidate in Health Informatics at Rutgers SHP. Nusrat holds MBA, which contributes to her strong analytical skills and understanding of statistics. Prior to beginning the PhD, Nusrat worked in a Pharmaceutical company, where she consulted on qualitative and quantitative analyses, which allowed her to develop strong interest in drug discovery. Nusrat is currently working on designing computational algorithms for targeted therapy, focusing on prostate and bladder cancer.
Nusrat J Epsi
PhD student

Sarra Mahfoud Rahem is a PhD candidate in Health Informatics (Biomedical Informatics Track) at Rutgers SHP. Sarra received her M.S in Cellular and Molecular Biology from University of New Haven and B.S in Medical Laboratory science from University of Tripoli. Her research focuses on identifying genetic alterations (point mutations and copy number variations), which can serve as biomarkers of drug response, in breast cancer.
Sarra Mahfoud Rahem
PhD student

Mohamed Ahmed is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Informatics at Rutgers University. He holds M.S in Computer Science & Information and B.S in Computer Engineering from Gezira University. Mohamed previously worked as an IT manager for National Cancer Institute (Sudan) and developed The Pharmacy Information System and Electronic Patient Records System. He currently works as an instructor at New York City College of Technology. Mohamed's research interest are in developing visualization tools for gene expression analysis.
Mohamed Ahmed
PhD student

Distance PhD students:

Zach Bohannan is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Informatics at Rutgers SHP. He received his M.S. in Molecular Biology (Immunology) from UC Berkeley and holds B.S. degrees in Genetics and Molecular Nutrition from Texas A&M University. Zach is currently a research liaison officer at the University of Houston and previously worked as a grant and medical writer at MD Anderson Cancer Center. His research is focused on understanding the effects of gene expression on treatment response in hematologic malignancies.
Zach Bohannan
Distance PhD student

Daniel Martingano is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Informatics (Clinical Informatics and Nanomedicine track) at Rutgers SHP. Daniel holds a medical degree as Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University/ Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is currently a resident in Obstetrics & Gynecology at NYU School of Medicine. Daniel’s research interests at Rutgers include in molecular mechanisms, genetic alterations, and potential biomarkers of drug resistance in breast cancers.
Daniel Martingano
Distance PhD student

Ahmed Mahmoud is a PhD Candidate in Bioinformatics. Ahmed recieved his MS in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology from Montclair State University and a Bachelors Degree in Molecular Biology from New Jersey City University. Ahmed is Currently a Bioinformatics Scientist within the clinical/research genomics field. Ahmed has previously held positions at Several Molecular diagnsotics companies, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Research work at Columbia University Medical School in New York. Ahmed's research deals with Nex Gen Sequencing data and Alternative RNA splicing.
Ahmed Mahmoud
Distance PhD student

Co-advised PhD students

Laura Harris is a Ph.D. candidate (Bioinformatics Track) at Rutgers SHP. Laura earned a M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology, a M.S. in Microbiology, and a B.S. in Microbiology from Michigan State University. She has spent over 15 years working for pharmaceutical companies and universities in several capacities and is currently a full-time faculty member and Science Laboratory Coordinator at Davenport University. One of Laura’s current research projects focuses on the differences between antibiotic resistant and sensitive strains of Staphylococcus aureus.
Laura Harris
Distance PhD student
Co-advised with Dr. Shibata

Sheida Hayati is a Ph.D. candidate (Bioinformatics Track) and an NJCCR Pre-Doctoral Fellow in the department of Health Informatics at Rutgers SHP. She received her M.S. in Biotechnology from William Paterson University and B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from Iran University. Sheida is interested in elucidating molecular mechanisms and discovering biomarkers of disease progression and drug resistance, focusing on acute myeloid leukemia.
Sheida Hayati
PhD student
Co-advised with Dr. Buyske