An International Team of Experts

The scientists of COV-IRT bring together their unique domains of expertise to improve the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Team members are participating and contributing their talents as individuals, not as representatives of their respective employers across academia, government, industry, and research institutions.

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ACADEMIA

Baylor College of Medicine

Kjersti Marie Aagaard
Professor
Prenatal Clinical Perspectives

Michael D. Jochum
Postdoc
Sample & Data Collection and Analysis

Jeffrey Rogers
Professor
Nonhuman Primate Genetic Modelling

Fritz Sedlazeck
Assistant Professor
Bioinformatics & Data Analysis

Medhat Mahmoud
Postdoc – Sedlazeck Lab
Bioinformatics & Data Analysis

Saumik Dana
Scientific Programmer
Bioinformatic Analysis

Boston University School of Medicine

John Connor
Associate Professor
Virologist, In vivo and In vitro COVID-19 models

Franklin & Marshall College

Yue Ying
Student
Molecular Modelling

Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Getúlio Vargas Foundation)

Alberto Paccanaro
Professor
Machine Learning & Computational Biology

Suzana Santos
Post Doc – Paccanaro Lab
Machine Learning & Computational Biology

Mateo Torres
Post Doc – Paccanaro Lab
Machine Learning & Computational Biology

Diego Galeano
Post Doc – Paccanaro Lab
Machine Learning & Computational Biology

Georgetown University

Juan Saavedra
Adjunct Professor
Physiology & Pharmacology

Giuseppe Astarita
PI
Metabolomics & Lipidomics

Georgia State University

Mohammad Javad Feizollahi
Assistant Professor
Data Curation

Maryam Ghotbaddini
MSc Student
Data Analysis

Georgia Institute of Technology

Dan Cornforth
Postdoc – Whiteley Lab
Microbial Analysis

Marvin Whiteley
Professor and Co-Director
Microbial Analysis and RNA Sequencing

Andrew Conley
Bioinformatics Scientist – Jordan Lab
Analysis Assistance

King Jordan
Professor and Director
RNA-Seq Data Ancestry Analysis

Shashwat Nagar
Grad Student – Jordan Lab
Analysis Assistance

Lavanya Rishishwar
Team Lead – Jordan Lab
Analysis Assistance

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Christian Münch
Group Leader
Mitochondrial Analysis & Quantitative Proteomics

Iowa State University

Urminder Singh
Grad Student
Bioinformatics & Machine Learning

Eve Wurtele
PI, Professor
Bioinformatic and Metabolic Analysis, Orphan Gene Expert

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Stephen Baylin
Professor
Inflammation and Epigenetics

Michael Topper
Instructor
Epigenetics

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Ivo Grosse
PI
Bioinformatic Analysis

Morehouse School of Medicine

Robert Meller
Associate Professor
Bioinformatic Analysis

Oregon Health and Science University

Nicole Vasilevsky
Assistant Professor
Clinical Data Analysis

Melissa Haendel
Director, Translational Data Science
Phenotyping, Informatics, & Genetics

Politecnico di Milano (Polytechnic University of Milan)

Tommaso Fontana
Grad Student
Machine Learning & Knowledge Graph Development

Queen’s University Belfast

Willian da Silveira
Research Fellow
Analysis Assistance

Johnatas Dutra Silva
Research Fellow
Analysis Assistance & Pulmonary Consultation

Rice University

Lydia Kavraki
Professor
Computer Science

Kathryn Kundrod
Graduate Student
Diagnostics

Rebecca Richards-Kortum
Director, Professor
Bioengineering

Vicky Yao
Assistant Professor
Analysis Assistance

Leo Elworth
Postdoc – Treangen Lab
Analysis Assistance

Huw Ogilvie
Postdoc
Analysis Assistance

Nicolae Sapoval
Grad Student – Treangen Lab
Bioinformatic Analysis

Todd J. Treangen
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Leadership

Sherry Gao
Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering & Therapeutics

Rob Raphael
Professor
Biophysics & Bioengineering

Luay Nakhleh
Professor
Phylogenomics, Population Genomics, & Evolutionary Analyses

Kristen Curry
Grad Student
Microbial & Metagenomic Computational Analyses

Winnie Li
Student – Treangen Lab
Microbial & Metagenomic Computational Analyses

Yilei Fu
PhD Candidate – Treangen Lab
Viral & Microbial Computational Analyses

Yunxi Liu
PhD Candidate – Treangen Lab
Viral Analyses

Advait Balaji
PhD Candidate – Treangen Lab
Viral Analyses

Carla Sipahioglu
Student
Microbial Analyses

Michael Nute
Post Doc
Bioinformatic Analysis

Royal Holloway University of London

Alberto Paccanaro
PI
Machine Learning & Computational Biology

Rush University Medical Center

Namni Goel
PI
Chronobiological Analyses

San Jose State University

Anupama Kozhiyalam
Research Associate
Bioprocessing

Stanford University

Tejaswini Mishra
Research Scientist
Biomonitoring & Correlation of Results

Alokkumar Jha
Instructor of Medicine
Multi-Dimensional Disease Modelling

Texas A&M College of Medicine

Paul J. Defigueiredo
Associate Professor
Microbial Pathogenesis

Fen Wang
Professor
Modelling & Clinical Result Interpretation

Texas Advanced Computing Center

John Fonner
Research Associate
Modeling & Bioinformatic Analysis

University of California San Diego

Kathleen Fisch
Executive Director
Bioinformatics & Data Analysis

Sara Brin Rosenthal
Senior Bioinformatics Scientist
Analysis & Drug Design

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Robert Griffin
Professor
Radiation and Cancer Biology

Peter Corry
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Oncology

University of Chicago

Kyle Hernandez
Assistant Professor
Data Analysis

LaRon Hughes
Clinical Data Curator
Assist with Clinical Data

Lilia Becker
Student
Computer Programming

Viktorija Zaksas
Senior Analyst
Software Development & Data Analysis

University of Colorado Boulder

Anushree Chatterjee
Assistant Professor
Diagnostic and Therapeutic R&D

Tiffany J. Callahan
PhD Candidate
Computational Bioscience

Mirela Alistar
Assistant Professor
Microbial Analyses & Therapeutics

Dreycey Albin

Computational Analysis & Computer Programming

Universidade da Coruña

Susana Ladra
Associate Professor
Bioinformatics Algorithm Design

Università degli Studi di Milano (University of Milan)

Elena Casiraghi
Associate Professor
X-Ray Imaging & Covid-19 Risk Prediction Methods

Luca Cappelletti
PhD Candidate
X-Ray Imaging & Covid-19 Risk Prediction Methods

Gabriel Tavares
PhD Candidate
X-Ray Imaging & Covid-19 Risk Prediction Methods

Dario Malchiodi
Associate Professor
Machine Learning & Bioinformatic Analysis

Jessica Gliozzo
PhD Candidate
X-Ray Imaging & COVID-19 Risk Prediction Methods

Marco Frasca
Assistant Professor
X-Ray Imaging & COVID-19 Risk Prediction Methods

Giorgio Valentini
Professor
Machine Learning for Precision Medicine, X-Ray Imaging & COVID-19 Risk Prediction Methods

Gabriella Trucco
Assistant Professor
X-Ray Imaging & Covid-19 Risk Prediction Methods

University of Helsinki

Leena Salmela
Academy of Finland Research Fellow
Genome Assembly & COVID-19 Population Genetics

University of Iowa

Arman Mikaili
Staff
Data Analysis

University of Lisbon

Francisco “Paco” Enguita
Professor
Analysis & Drug Design

University of Maryland

Donald K. Milton
Professor
Environmental and Occupational Health

Feyruz Rassool
PI, Professor
DNA Damage and Repair

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Matt Frieman
Associate Professor
Drug Screening & Testing

University of North Carolina

Jonathan Cummings Schisler
Assistant Professor
Aging & Data Analysis

University of Oklahoma

Talayeh Razzaghi
Assistant Professor
Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics in Healthcare

University of Pennsylvania

Mingyao Li
Professor
Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, & Transcriptomics

University of Puerto Rico

Vidya Manian
Professor
Analysis Assistance

University of Sao Paulo

Daniel Tiezzi
Professor
Analysis Assistance & Clinical Applications

University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston

Blake Hanson
Assistant Professor
Bioinformatic Analysis & Sequencing

University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio

Bernard Fongang
Assistant Professor
Bioinformatic and Computational Biology

University of Texas Medical Branch

Mark Emmett
Professor
Glycolosis & Testing

Anna Nia
MD-PhD Candidate
Bioengineering & Pathway Analysis

Universidade de Vigo

David Posada
Professor
COVID-19 Modelling

Universitat de València

Fernando Gonzalez Candelas
Professor
Virology

University of Washington

Eliah G. Overbey
PhD Candidate
Epigenetics Analysis

University of Wisconsin

Clark Xu
Research Data Analyst
Bioinformatic Analysis & Machine Learning

Utah State University

Som Dutta
Assistant Professor
Analysis of Aerosol Dynamics

Weill Cornell Medical College

Jonathan Foox
Postdoc – Mason Lab
RNA Sequencing Assistance

Christopher E. Mason
Associate Professor, Director
RNA-Seq Data Provision & Analysis

Cem Meydan
Research Associate – Mason Lab
RNA Sequencing Assistance

GOVERNMENT

Department of Homeland Security/National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center

Adam Bazinet
Bioinformatics Principal Investigator, NBACC
Research

NASA Ames Research Center

Afshin Beheshti
Bioinformatician
Leadership

Jared Broddrick
Postdoc
Microbial Analysis

Catharine Conley
Research Scientist
Mathematical Modeling & Microbial Analysis

Sylvain V. Costes
Project Manager
Mathematical Modeling

Craig Everroad
Research Scientist
Microbial Analysis Assistance

Vanesa Gomez Gonzalez
Senior Software Engineer
Quantum Computing

Sharon Grim
Postdoc
Microbial Analysis Assistance

Mike Lee
Postdoc
Microbial Analysis Assistance

Paula Maza
Postdoc
Microbial Analysis Assistance

Eloise Pariset
Postdoc – Costes Lab
Mathematical Modeling

Sigrid S. Reinsch
Research Scientist
Outreach & Virology Consulting

Amanda M. Saravia-Butler
Bioinformatics Scientist

Bioinformatics Assistance

Kenny Vassigh
Chief Systems Architect & Systems Engineer

Mathematical Modeling

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Patrick Dunn
ImmPort Data Acquisition and Distribution Manager

Data Curation

Sonja Best
Chief of the Innate Immunity and Pathogenesis Unit

Mitochondrial Analysis

San Antonio Military Health System

Giovanni Lorenz
Cardiothoracic Radiologist
Imaging Analysis

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Simon Pollett
Principal Investigator
Viral Genome Sequencing & Bioinformatic and Variant Analysis

Irina Maljkovic Berry
Principal Investigator
Viral Genome Sequencing & Bioinformatic and Variant Analysis

INDUSTRY

AUM LifeTech, Inc.

Veenu Aishwarya
Chief Executive Officer
RNA-targeting Therapeutics

DNAnexus

Jason Chin
Sr. Director, Deep Learning in Genomics
Computing & Bioinformatics Analysis

Arkarachai Fungtammasan
Sr. Computational Biology Research Scientist
Statistical Genomics & Computational Biology

Inscripta, Inc.

Ian Fiddes
Senior Manager of Content and Curation
Computational Biology

Elizabeth Vitalis
Biosecurity Specialist
Biomedical Science

IQT Labs

JJ Ben-Joseph
Staff Scientist
Machine Learning & Computer Science

Benjamin Lee
Grad Student
Computational Analysis & Viral Evolution

KBR

Bianca Cerqueira
Data Analyst
Big Data Analysis & Grant Writing

Timothy W. Smith
Program Manager
Cost Proposals & Contract Management

Netrias, LLC

Mohammed Eslami
Chief Data Scientist/Co-Founder
Computational Analysis & Software Engineering

New England Biolabs

Brad Langhorst
Group Leader
Bioinformatic Analysis

RadBioX

J. Tyson Mcdonald
Assistant Professor
Bioinformatic Analysis

Real Networks

Reza Rassool
Chief Technology Officer
Computer Vision & Data Science

Signature Science, LLC

Krista Ternus
Genomics Specialist in Biological Sciences
Microbial & Data Analysis

Brian Schimmoller
Vice President
Outreach

Renee Williams
Manager
Outreach

Stephen Turner
S&T Advisor
Bioinformatic Analysis

Stephanie Guertin
Staff Scientist
Microbial Analysis

Jim Gibson
Senior Design Specialist
Website Design & Graphic Illustration

Springbok LLC

Raymond LeClair
Independent Consultant
Computational Analysis & Software Engineering

Stoke Therapeutics, Inc.

Eric Lim
Assistant Director, Bioinformatics
Computational Analysis

Zero Day Nutrition

Joey Savage
Nutritional Scientist, CSO
Mitochondrial Analysis

RESEARCH INSTITUTES

Center of Cancer Systems Biology

Philip Hahnfeldt
Senior Investigator
Mathematics and Modelling

Lynn Hlatky
Director
Systems Biology

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania

Batsal Devkota
Supervisory Bioinformatics Scientist
Genomics & Data Analysis

Joseph M. Dybas
Postdoc
Virology & Analysis

Mansuck Kim
Bioinformatics Scientist
Metabolic Modelling

Komal Rathi
Bioinformatics Scientist
Analysis & Microbiology

Erin R. Reichenberger
Bioinformatics Engineer
Database Consulting & Microbiomic Analysis

Benjamin J. Stear
Bioinformatics Engineer
Analysis & Coding

Aliza Yousey
Research Assistant
Administration

Deanne M. Taylor
Director of Bioinformatics, Research Assistant Professor
RNA-Seq Cloud Analytics

Larry N. Singh
Research Scientist
Mitochondrial Bioinformatics and Genomics

Douglas Wallace
Director
Mitochondrial Consultation

Adam C. Resnick
Director D3B
Analysis

Yuankun Zhu
Bioinformatics Scientist
Pipeline/Cloud Consulting

Miguel Brown
Bioinformatics Engineer
Pipeline/Cloud Consulting

Daniel Miller
Bioinformatics Scientist
Pipeline/Cloud Consulting

Allison Heath
Director of Data Technology and Innovation
Pipeline/Cloud Consulting

Todd Kilbaugh
Medical Director, Associate Professor
COVID-19 Pediatrics

Nadir Yehya
Assistant Professor
Clinical Data Collection & Curation

Ammar Naqvi
Bioinformatics Scientist
Bioinformatic Analysis

Hossein Fazelinia
Research Scientist (Proteomics)
Proteomics & Mitochondrial Analysis

Joe Guarnieri
Postdoc – Wallace Lab
Mitochondrial Analysis

Rawan Shraim
PhD Candidate
Bioinformatic Analysis

Laura Schultz
Data Scientist
Genomics Analysis

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Bruce Aronow
Professor
Computational Genetics & Developmental Biology

Fondazione IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico Hospital

Andrea Esposito
Radiologist
X-Ray Imaging & Covid-19 Risk Prediction Methods

Alessandro Jachetti
MD, Clinical Researcher
X-Ray Imaging & Covid-19 Risk Prediction Methods

The Forsyth Institute

Markus Hardt
Assistant Member of the Staff
Sample Collection & COVID-19 Testing

Houston Methodist

John Cooke
Director, Professor
RNA Therapeutics

Sonia Villapol
Assistant Professor
Neurological Analysis & Sample Collection

Humanitas Research Hospital in Milan

Caterina Giannitto
Radiologist
XRay Imaging & Covid-19 Risk Prediction Methods

Instituto de Biomedicina de Valencia

Iñaki Comas Espadas
Group Leader
Viral Analyses

Galo Goig
Postdoc – Comas Espadas Lab
Viral Analyses

Instituto Oswaldo Cruz

Alberto Dávila
Senior Researcher
Bioinformatic Analysis & Sequencing