Haniza Yaacob-Ritz
Executive Administrator
Provides oversight and approvals of Administrative Operations. Pre-Award functions, Financial oversight and compliance of the Department.
Useful grant links: Commons Registration, Fastlane Registration, NIH Grant Instruction Guide, NSF Grant Instruction Guide, Other Support Instructions, Grant Opportunity Database, NIH Deadlines, Other Research Resources
Jennifer C. Watt, M.S.
Administrative Manager
Manages human resources, faculty affairs, and visa/immigration processes. Acts as departmental liaison for Benefits, OIS, and Payroll. Responsible for institutional compliance modules, including COI, preventing sexual harassment, and research compliance modules. Useful Links: Change of Address/Residency Certification Form, W-4 Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certif, Pitt HR
Scott Frantz
Senior Financial Administrator
Responsible for all Post Award functions including continuations, activations, 0136 and 0202's, BMR's, journal entries, and MTA's. Monitors grant levels and communicates information to faculty. Provides purchasing policy guidance. Grant funded purchase approval and Capital purchases. Maintains grant database and compiles grant data for dissemination. Useful Links: NIH Compliance
Emily Hayhurst, M.Ed.
Communications Specialist & Educational Programs Coordinator
Manages departmental and faculty communications, promotional materials, and content. Provides guidance on web development for department and faculty lab sites. Oversees TECBio Program administration and educational programming.
Amanda L. Axelson, MBA
Master's Program & Office Coordinator
Manages the Computational Biomedicine and Biotechnology (COBB) educational and departmental administrative activities. Acts as department liaison to the university registrar’s office to ensure the completion of all requirements regarding course creation, interacts with other universities during the recruitment process, and student matriculation to graduation. Additionally, acts as liaison to industry partners, facilitating interactions between external partners, the Director, and students related to internships and independent study opportunities. Responsible for developing and updating paper and electronic marketing materials, track performance measures of students, and monitor expenditures. Provides departmental administrative support including: travel arrangements, processing Travel and Business Disbursements, and other necessary tasks to support the office.
Amanda Shaheen, M.Ed.
Assistant to the Chair
Provides editorial and administrative support to the Chair. Monitors and maintains the Chair’s calendar. Performs HR functions for the Bahar Lab. Plans and schedules faculty recruitment candidate visits to the department. Coordinates NIH grant applications and is responsible for writing the administrative and organizational sections of the proposals. Creates and manages academic projects with both internal and external organizations and research partners.


Systems Administration


For help with access to a department or local account, any hardware or software issues including purchases, any classroom issues, cluster queues, all wireless or wired connections, support for new web pages and updates to current web pages, also available for general computer or technology questions.

Gengkon Lum, BS
Senior System Administrator
Responsible for department IT resources including cluster and servers. Useful Information:
Afshin Eskandari Nasrabad, PhD
System Administrator
Handles compute cluster and Linux desktops.
Educational Programs Administration


CMU/Pitt Computational Biology Graduate Program (CPCB)
Training and Experimentation in Computational Biology (TECBio), Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program
Computational Biology Research Academy (CoBRA) Summer Program
Computational Biomedicine & Biotechnology (CoBB) Masters Program

Joseph C. Ayoob, PhD
Associate Professor
Serves as Departmental Scientific Administrator. Responsible for educational outreach opportunities and (CSB)2 seminar series.Provides assistance with professional and scientific writing/communications.

Kelly M. Gentille, BS
Educational Programs Administrator
Provides administration and support for all education programs. Responsible for all program policies, enrollment records and registration and appointment letters. Handles admissions responsibilities which include applications, candidate travel and candidate itineraries. Gathers and disseminates data on the PhD Program.


Student Workers