Lab Members


Group picture in 2017 at UIC West Campus (from left: Jingting, Ahmed, Dr. Dai, Derek, and Shang)

Current members

    Derek Reiman
    Ph.D Candidate
    Shang Gao
    Ph.D Candidate (co-advised with Prof. Rehman, Dept. Pharmacology)

    Isuru Gunarathna
    Ph.D. student (co-advised with Prof. Rehman, Dept. Pharmacology)
    Daiqing Chen
    MS student


    Jingting XU (Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, 2019)
    PhD Thesis Title:
    Computational Analysis of DNA Methylation and Gene Regulation
    First Employment: Clinical Data Scientist, Gilead Sciences, CA.
    Ahmed Metwally (Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, 2018), co-advised with Profs. Finn and Perkins, Dept. Medicine.
    PhD Thesis Title:
    Computational Methods on Longitudinal Microbiome Analysis: Identi€cation, Modeling, and Classi€cation
    First Employment: Postdoc Research Fellow, Genetics, Standford University
    Lingge Feng (M.Sc. in Bioinformatics, 2017)
    Research Project: Prediction of the microRNA-gene targets.
    OPT training
    Peter Larsen (Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, 2017)
    PhD Thesis Title:
    Modeling Host-Microbiome Interactions
    First Employment: Assistant Computational Biologist, Biosciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory.
    Xiao Long (M.Sc. in Bioinformatics, 2015)
    MS Research Project: Select highly correlated splicing sites from RNA-seq and DNA methylations data.
    PhD candidate in Computer and Information Sciences, Drexel University, 2018-
    Hong Hu (PhD in Bioinformatics, 2015)
    PhD Thesis Title:
    Identification of Transcriptional Regulatory Elements: Novel Machine Learning Approaches.
    First Employment: Bioinformatician, Center for Research Informatics (CRI) at UIC
    Amira Kefi (M.Sc. in Bioinformatics, 2014)
    Master Thesis Title:
    A Statistical Framework For Geneset Enrichment Analysis Based on DNA Methylation and Gene Expression.
    Ph.D. candidate in Bioengineering, UIC
    Bhavisha Modi (M.Sc. in Bioinformatics, 2013)
    Master Thesis Title:
    Identification of microRNA Functional Targets based on microRNA and mRNA Co-expression Network Analysis.
    Damian Roqueiro (Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, 2013)
    PhD Thesis Title:
    Computational Methods to Study Gene Regulation Using Genomic, Epigenomic and Chromosome Conformation Data.
    First Employment: Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Tubingen, Germany)
    Lei Huang (Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, 2013)
    PhD Thesis Title:
    Integrated Bioinformatics Approach for Better Understanding of Estrogen Receptor Mechanisms in Breast Cancer.
    First Employment: Bioinformatician, Center for Research Informatics, University of Chicago
    Wenbo Mu (M.Sc. in Bioinformatics, 2013)
    Master Thesis Title:
    A Local Genetic Algorithm for the Identification of Condition-Specific microRNA-Gene Modules.
    First Employment: Bioinformatics Analyst, Ambry Genetics, CA.
    Joel Fontanarosa (MD/PhD, Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, 2013)
    PhD Thesis Title:
    Integrative Analysis Strategies for Discovering Genetic Associations with Common Diseases.
    First Employment: Resident, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
    Guanrao Chen (Ph.D. in CS, 2008)
    PhD Thesis Title:
    Exploring Topology of Genetic Networks for Better Reconstruction.
    First Employment: Verizon
    Zhengdeng Lei (Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, 2007)
    Ph.D Thesis Title: Genome-wide Computational Prediction of Protein Localizations.
    First Employment: Bioinformatician, Department of High-Throughput Screening Core Facility, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
    Deepa Vijayraghavan ( Bioinformatics, 2007)
    Master Thesis Title: Study of Bayesiang Regression and
    Ranking Feature Selection Methods on Cancer Classification Problems.

    First Employment: Microsoft.
    Peter Larsen (M.Sc. in Bioinformatics, 2006)
    Master Thesis Title: Identifying Gene Interaction Networks from Time Course Microarray Data and Gene Ontology Annotation.
    First Employment: the Biosciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory.
    Alice Diec (M.Sc. in Bioinformatics, 2005)
    Master Thesis Title: Multi-class Classification Methods for Applications in Bioinformatics: Comprehensive Study.
    First Employment: Bioinformatician, the Genome Sequencing Center, Washington University.
    Munawer Baig (M.Sc. in CS, 2004)
    Master Project Title: Identification of Patterns in DNA sequences.