Carnegie Mellon University
June 19, 2017

Computational Biology Department Adds Two New Lane Fellows

We are very pleased to announce the two newest additions to our prestigious and selective Lane Fellows program.

Dr. Jose Lugo-Martinez received his Ph.D. in Computer Science (with a minor in Bioinformatics) from Indiana University, working with Predrag Radivojac.  Since his graduation in December 2016, he has remained at IU as a fellow in their Precision Health Initiative.  His research has focused on using hypergraph-based machine learning and data mining methods for improving predictive models of gene evolution, protein structure changes, and molecular mechanisms of disease.  He will be jointly advised by Drs. Ziv Bar-Joseph and Robert F. Murphy.

Ms. Irene Kaplow is finishing her Ph.D. studies in Computer Science at Stanford University with Anshul Kundaje and Hunter Fraser.  She has worked on a number of topics, including developing deep learning methods to understand binding preferences and co-binding interactions of zinc finger transcription factors and developing the first method for analyzing pooled bisulfite-sequencing data to detect relationships between genetic variation and DNA methylation. She will be advised by Dr. Andreas Pfenning.

The Lane Fellows Program recognizes and supports scientists of outstanding intellect who are dedicated to a career at the interface of computational and biological sciences so that they can pursue postdoctoral research in the outstanding research environment at Carnegie Mellon.   It is named in honor of Ray and Stephanie Lane, whose generous donation enabled the creation of the original Lane Center for Computational Biology, the forerunner of the Computational Biology Department.  Applications for next year’s class are being accepted until March 1, 2018.