Lab members:

Michael W. Craige is a CRA/CCC/NSF-funded Post-Doctoral Computing Innovation Fellow at Rutgers SHP. Michael earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from Rutgers SHP, an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master's in Health Services and Policy, and a BS in Biomedical Informatics (Cum Laude) from DeVry University. His research focuses on understanding, developing, and clinically adopting computational algorithms to elucidate prostate cancer progression and treatment response. Outside of the lab, as the CiDrep SickKids Foundation's Founder and Director, Michael leads the organization's mission to provide funds for sick children who have exhausted insurance and other financial resources.
Michael W. Craige
Post-Doctoral Fellow


Mainak is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Biomedical and Health Informatics at Rutgers SHP. Mainak earned his PhD in Chemistry from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked on experimental and computational techniques to understand the Translation process using super-resolution microscopy. Then he did a postdoc at Columbia University, where he studied the underlying mechanisms of the DNA repair process and its implication in various cancers. Currently, his interests are focused on developing novel computational approaches to identify mechanism-centric markers of treatment response in prostate cancer using machine learning.
Mainak Mustafi
Post-Doctoral Research Associate


Mayra Tuiche is a PhD Candidate in the Multidisciplinary PhD program in Biomedical Sciences at Rutgers School of Graduate Studies. She holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Sao Paulo and an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Florida. Her experience ranges from pharmaceuticals, medicinal chemistry, and natural products chemistry, to targeted cancer therapies using phage display. Her interests are in mechanisms behind drug response and resistance in cancer. Mayra also does strategic consulting work for a global life science investment banking and strategic advisory firm. Outside of work, Mayra has two cats and loves to travel.
Mayra Vendramini Tuiche
PhD student


Uran is a PhD Candidate in the Joint PhD program in Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers School of Graduate Studies. Uran has a BS in Physics and MS in Bioinformatics from MIPT. He has experience working in a bank as a data scientist. Uran's research interests are in bioinformatics, data science and machine learning in the biomedical field, including network-based and machine learning approaches. Outside of work, he swims, plays chess, and competes in CS competitions.
Uran Maimekov
PhD student


Yingci is a PhD student within the program in Biomedical Sciences at Rutgers School of Graduate Studies and NJMS. She also holds an appointment within Rutgers School of Dental Medicine as an oral pathologist and is focused on advancing discoveries for head and neck cancer. She is especially interested in using machine learning for diagnostic imaging and applying computational approaches to better stratify patients for cancer treatment.
Yingci Liu
PhD student


Indrani is a Doctoral student in Health Informatics at Rutgers SHP. She holds a MS in bioinformatics from Eastern Michigan University and BS in biological science (major in zoology) from Calcutta University. Indrani currently works as a bioinformatician at Henry Ford Health System. She is interested in investigating cross-talk between genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, and epigenomics mechanisms in cancer, with focus on Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Indrani Datta
Doctoral student


Farnaz is a Doctoral student in Health Informatics at Rutgers SHP. She holds two B.Sc., one in Optometry from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences and one in Computer-Software Engineering from Azad University Center Branch of Tehran. She earned her M.S. in Biomedical Informatics from SHP. Farnaz's research interests are in the role of Long Non-Coding RNAs splicing in the therapeutic response in cancer. Farnaz loves life with all its ups and downs.
Farnaz Azizi
Doctoral student


Shipra is a Doctoral student in Health Informatics at Rutgers SHP. She holds a MS in Biotechnology (minor Bioinformatics) from University of Houston Clearlake, Texas and a Bachelor's in Technology in Bioinformatics from Dr. D. Y. Patil University, India. S he has worked previously as a Scientist conducting next-generation sequencing experiments and subsequent analysis of computational data. She has a passion for exploring advancements in next-generation sequencing technology as well as exploring new approaches to data analysis within the molecular biology domain. Her scientific interests are genomics, computational biology and the intersection of technology and life sciences. She is interested in understanding the regulatory mechanism of Long Non-Coding RNA in progression of prostate cancer.
Shipra Vinod Gupta
Doctoral student


Chia-Yu Theresa Kung is a Doctoral student in the Health Informatics program at Rutgers SHP. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Stony Brook University and M.A. in Biotechnology from Columbia University. Currently, she is working as a Scientist, Team Lead at Admera Health. She is experienced in designing and performing various Next Generation Sequencing experiments and is specialized in single cell sequencing. Her research interests are in a pplying machine learning and single cell techniques in the biomedical field.
Chia-Yu Theresa Kung
Doctoral student


Mehdi is a graduate student in the department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at the Rutgers SHP. He holds a BS in biochemistry from UC Berkeley, and currently is the manager of the Cancer Avatar Program, a translational research initiative to develop personalized therapeutic options for patients with aggressive cancers. Mehdi's research interests in Mintrofanova's lab are in the role of alternative splicing in therapeutic response of solid tumors and biomarker discovery. Outside of work and study, Mehdi spends his time with his wife and two kids.
Mehdi Nostrati
Graduate student


Obinna is an MS student in the Health Informatics Program at Rutgers SHP. He is a visionary medical doctor with strong innovative and clinical skills. He has special interest in Preventive Medicine and Translational medicine. He is an advocate for Digital Health, AI, Health Innovation and Improved patient care.
Obinna Onyedum
MS student


Jay Patil is pursuing his MS in Computer Science at Rutgers SAS. Before joining Rutgers, Jay worked as a Full Stack developer at Veritas. His interests lie in applying theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios. His previous works include designing a 'Blind Aid System,' which would help visually impaired people recognize nearby objects. Jay is also an ardent follower of soccer.
Jay Patil
MS student


Pavan is pursuing his MS in Computer Science at Rutgers SAS. Before joining Rutgers, Pavan worked as a Backend developer at Sharechat and NCR Corporation where he was building highly scalable systems and maintaining them. His previous works include designing a Notification backend systems framework to do A/B Testing on notifications which can scale up sending 8 billion notifications a day. Beyond his technical pursuits, Pavan is driven by the intersection of technology and humanity, seeking to leverage upcoming tech advancements for the betterment of society. Additionally, his profound enthusiasm for Robotics has led him to create multiple functional robots, reflecting his diverse interests and skills.
Pavan Madamsetty
MS student


Cassandra Chu is an undergraduate student at Rutgers SAS. She is exploring the research process to create a sound foundation for her future career in the medical sciences. Cassandra’s future plans are to enroll in medical school, and eventually becoming a dermatologist to improve the lives of patients living with skin cancer.
Cassie Chu
Undergraduate student


Abdur-Rahman is a high school senior at Woodbridge High School. He joined our Lab this past summer as part of the Rutgers Youth Enjoy Science Program. At school he's the President of Black Student Union, runs track, and tutors students in math. He hopes to pursue a career in oncology and computational biology research, working to promote health and research equity.
Abdur-Rahman Oladoja
High school student


Former lab members:

High school students:
Giselle Jean-Marie
Giselle joined our lab during Summer 2022 and will continue with us during Summer 2023, as a part of Rutgers Youth Enjoy Science (RUYES) program
Current position: High school student

Jada Squires
Jada joined our lab during Summer 2021 and Summer 2022, as a part of Rutgers Youth Enjoy Science (RUYES) program
Current position: Undergrad student at Case Western Reserve university. Congratulations, Jada!


Undergraduate students:
Katie Whitehead
Katie is a senior mechanical engineering student at the University of Maryland, College Park. Katie worked in the lab summer 2022 and co-authored a research paper with us!


MS students:
Karthik Govindappa
MS student in Computer Science at Rutgers SAS (worked in our lab Winter-Spring 2021)
Current position: Software Engineer, Wiser Solutions

Devarsh Shah
MS student in Computer Science at Rutgers SAS (worked in our lab Summer 2021-Summer 2022)
Current position: Software Development Engineer, Amazon

Sumit Karla
MS student in Computer Science at Rutgers SAS (worked in our lab Winter-Spring 2022)
Current position: Techincal Staff, Nutanix

Amey Pimple
MS student in Computer Science at Rutgers SAS (worked in our lab Winter-Spring 2022)
Current position: Software Engineer II, Cisco

Faisal Syed
MS student in Computer Science at Rutgers SAS (worked in our lab Fall 2022 - Spring 2023)
Current position: Associate Application Developer GPT, ADP

Vamshi Saggurthi
MS student in Computer Science at Rutgers SAS (worked in our lab Winter 2021 - Spring 2023)
Current position: Software Engineer, Striim

Anitha Ramakrishnan
MS student in Biomedical Informatics at Rutgers SHP (worked in our lab Fall 2021 - Spring 2023)
Current position: Software Engineer, Genentech



PhD students:
Sukanya Panja
PhD in Biomedical Informatics at Rutgers SHP: October 24 2022
Current position: Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, NYU (with Marcin Imielinski)

Daniel Martingano
PhD in Biomedical Informatics at Rutgers SHP: April 14 2022
Current position: OB/GYN, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital

Zach Bohannan
PhD in Biomedical Informatics at Rutgers SHP: December 15 2021
Current position: Bioinformatics Manager, Guardant Health

Ahmed Mahmoud
PhD in Biomedical Informatics at Rutgers SHP: April 9 2021
Current position: Director of Bioinformatics, ImmuneID

Sarra Rahem
PhD in Biomedical Informatics at Rutgers SHP: July 15 2020
Current position: Data Scientist, NYC Health + Hospitals

Nusrat Epsi
PhD in Biomedical Informatics at Rutgers SHP: June 18 2020
Current position: Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University
Research Scientist/Biostatistician, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for Military Medicine


Laura Harris
PhD in Biomedical Informatics at Rutgers SHP: April 14 2020
co-advised with Dr. Masayuki Shibata
Current position: Senior Bioinformatics Scientist at NeuroX1


Rotation PhD students:
Harmony Patel
Summer 2022 Intern

Nicole Campbell
Biomedical Sciences PhD rotation, Spring 2022


PostDocs:
Christia Yu
PostDoctoral Research Scientist
Current position: Scientist (Translational Data Science), Genmab

Mohamed Ahmed
PostDoctoral Research Scientist
Current position: Senior Scientist, NJ Department of Health

Sukanya Panja
PhD student, PostDoctoral Research Scientist
Current position: PostDoctoral Research Scientist, NYU (with Marcin Imielinski)