People

The Carvunis Lab members at the Pitt CompBio Eclipse Party in August 2017


Anne-Ruxandra Carvunis, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computational and Systems Biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Born and raised in Paris, France, she received a BS in Biology/Biochemistry and a Masters in Molecular Neurosciences from Université Paris VI and the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris and a second Masters in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Life Sciences from Université Paris VII. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from Université de Grenoble in 2011, having done most of her graduate research work on the mechanisms and dynamics of protein interaction network evolution in the Center for Cancer Systems Biology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. After a brief postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Carvunis went on to study the evolution of transcriptional networks at the University of California, San Diego. She established an independent research group in Pittsburgh in December 2016 to study the molecular mechanisms of change and innovation in biological systems. Dr. Carvunis has received a number of distinctions including a Medal of honorable doctoral work, the national L’Oreal-Unesco Award for Women in Science, the NIH Pathway to Independence Award and the Searle Scholars award. | anc201[at]pitt[dot]edu |CV
Omer Acar is a PhD student in the CMU-Pitt Joint Computational Biology program. Born in Turkey, Omer has an undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering with Physics minor from Sabanci University, Istanbul. He worked as an undergraduate research assistant in MIDST Lab in Sabanci University on antibiotic resistance and related mutations on E. Coli. He joined The Carvunis Lab in December, 2017. | oma21[at]pitt[dot]edu
Nelson Castilho Coelho is Senior Research Specialist in The Carvunis Lab. Born in Portugal, Nelson has an undergrad in Biochemistry and a Masters in Biotechnology both from University of Algarve. He first worked as research technician at the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMC) and then as lab manager/research technician at the Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR) in Portugal and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. Before joining the Carvunis lab he was working as research assistant at the Institute of Genetics and Development of Rennes (IGDR) in France. Nelson likes to dedicate his free time to photography, running and baking. | CASTILHO[at]pitt[dot]edu
John Iannotta is a junior molecular biology major at the University of Pittsburgh. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in 2015. He has a passion for genetics, Pittsburgh, and pizza. | JMI17[at]pitt[dot]edu
Saurin Parikh is a graduate student at Pitt’s bioengineering department, with a background in medicine, and a passion for studying genetics and evolution. As a medical technology enthusiast, Saurin is interested in taking technologies from bench to bedside. He loves to travel, explore different cultures, go to museums, meet new people and take tons of pictures! | saurinparikh[at]pitt[dot]edu | website
Selin Sevgi is an undergraduate student in Molecular Biology and Genetics at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey. She loves traveling and exploring new cultures and cuisines. She was in Pittsburgh for one month in Summer 2017 to do an internship in The Carvunis Lab, and is coming back for summer 2018. | ssevgi15[at]ku[dot]edu[dot]tr
Branden Van Oss is a postdoctoral fellow in The Carvunis Lab. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Wheaton College, IL, and worked in the field of cancer genetics as a technician at both Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston, MA, and at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh. He recently completed his Ph.D. in molecular biology in the lab of Dr. Karen Arndt at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied the mechanisms that govern a conserved epigenetic histone modification. Outside of biology, his hobbies include gardening and beer making. | sva5[at]pitt[dot]edu
Aaron Wacholder is a postdoctoral fellow in The Carvunis Lab. Born in Maryland, he has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Stanford University. He attained his Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from University of Colorado Boulder, developing computational methods for evolutionary analysis of transposable elements in the laboratory of Dr. David Pollock at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Aaron joined the Carvunis lab in Februrary 2018. | acw87[at]pitt[dot]edu
Former Group Members
Trevor Frisby was a brief member of The Carvunis Lab as a rotation student from the CPCB program in Fall 2018. He is interested in applying computational approaches to genomics and medicine. His is now pursuing doctoral studies with Dr Langmead at Carnegie Mellon University. Outside of science, he is an ardent fan of hockey, baseball, and football.
Kate Karlovich is an undergraduate student in Chemistry at Ohio University. In June 2017, she became the first summer intern in The Carvunis Lab!
Andy MacWilliams was Laboratory Automation Specialist in The Carvunis Lab. A musician by training, Andy has a gift for problem solving and making things “work”.
Feng (Ryan) Shan did a rotation is the Carvunis lab as part of the Integrative System Biology Program in the School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh.