Director

Robert A Waterland, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-0304

Lab Postdocs

Chathura J. Gunasekara

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Phone

  • (713) 798-7056

Data Science, Machine Learning, Computational Science, Bioinformatics

Harry A. MacKay

Postdoctoral Associate

Anthony Scott, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Lab Support

Maria S Baker

Research Asst I

Jack Duryea

Laboratory Helper

Shijie Fan

Student Helper VI

Eleonora Laritsky, M.S.

Research Assistant II

LYUDMILA YANKOSKAYA

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Former Undergraduate Members

John Kohorst

John worked in the Waterland lab from 2009-2011 while pursuing his B.S. in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology at Rice University. His work on developmental programming of energy balance yielded a co-first author publication (Li and Kohorst, et al., 2013 Diabetes) and earned him the 2011 George J. Schroepfer, Jr. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry at Rice University. He went on to earn his M.D. at the Mayo Clinic, and is now a dermatologist and clinical researcher based in Minnesota.

Caroline Zhu

Caroline worked in the Waterland lab from 2013-2016 while earning her B.S. in Chemical Engineering (minor in Biochemistry and Cell Biology) from Rice University. She and Jesse Eclarinal worked together on a project exploring early influences on physical activity behavior, which resulted in a co-first author research article (Eclarinal and Zhu et al., 2016 FASEB J) and a review article (Zhu and Eclarinal et al., 2016 Proc Nutr Soc). She was awarded the 2016 Herbert Allen Outstanding Senior Award by the Rice University School of Engineering. Caroline is currently in medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Jesse Eclarinal

Jesse worked in the Waterland lab from 2013-2016 while earning her B.A. degree in Economics and English (double major) from Rice University. She and Caroline Zhu worked together on a project exploring early influences on physical activity behavior, which resulted in a co-first author research article (Eclarinal and Zhu et al., 2016 FASEB J) and a review article (Zhu and Eclarinal et al., 2016 Proc Nutr Soc). Jesse is currently a graduate student at University of California Berkeley, pursuing a graduate degree in Education Management

Noah Kessler

Noah worked in the Waterland lab from 2013-2015 while earning his B.S. degree in Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences and Computer Science (double major) from University of Houston. Noah worked on bioinformatics projects exploring DNA methylation data sets (whole genome bisulfite sequencing) in both humans and mouse models, earning two first-author publications (Silver and Kessler et al., 2015 Genome Biol and Kessler et al., 2016 Hum Mol Genet). He is currently at Cambridge University working toward his PhD in Developmental Biology.

Timothy Van Baak

Tim worked in the Waterland lab from 2015-2018 while earning a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Philosophy from Rice University. Tim’s major project was a re-analysis of published DNA methylation data on twins, which led to the discovery of epigenetic supersimilarity, a previously unknown phenomenon in monozygotic (identical) twins. Tim earned a first-author publication for his work (Van Baak et al., 2018 Genome Biol) and graduated with Distinction in Undergraduate Research from Rice University. He is currently working as a software developer with Panopto in Seattle, Washington.