People at the BRG

[The BRG dissolved in August, 2019, due to Juan B. Gutierrez's move to the University of Texas at San Antonio.]
The Biomathematics Research Group (BRG) at UGA explores mathematical and computational models at multiple scales (from genes to ecology). The BRG prides itself in attracting top talent among the student body at UGA and beyond. 

December, 2018

BRG, December, 2018.  Left to right, front row: Kun-Lin Ho, Zerotti Woods, Juan B. Gutierrez, Matthew Houston.
Left to right, back row: Zachary Petty, Elizabeth Trippe, Jordan Clark, Jessica Brady, Jinil Lee, Diego Moncada, Karen Gonzalez.
Not in the picture: Vallery Flint, Saedi Safaei, Bolanle Salaam.


Current Students

  • Lilliana Boyd (B.Sc. Mathematics 2017-2019)
  • Jordan Clark (Ph.D. Student, Mathematics, 2016-2019)
  • Karen J. Gonzalez (Ph.D. Student, Bioinformatics, 2017-2022)
  • Jinsil Lee (Ph.D. Student, Mathematics, 2018-2021)
  • Diego M, Moncada (Ph.D. Student, Bioinformatics, 2017-2022)
  • Zachary Petty (Ph.D. Student, Bioinformatics, 2018-2023)
  • Saeid Safei (Ph.D. Student, Computer Science, 2016-2019)
  • Justin Schramm (B.Sc. mathematics, 2018-2019)

Graduated Students

Past Members

Current Collaborators

  • Jonathan Arnold, Professor, Genetics and Bioinformatics
  • Suzanne Barbour, Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dean of the Graduate School.
  • Jessica Kissinger, Distinguished Research Professor, Genetics, Bioinformatics
  • Pedro Portes, Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education (CLASE), College of Education

Quantitative Biology Faculty at UGA

  • Justin Bahl, ecology, evolution, population dynamics, and molecular epidemiology of emerging infectious disease (Infectious Diseases and Bioinformatics)
  • Douda Bensasson, centromeres, repetitive and other noncoding DNA via wine yeast (Plant Biology and Bioinformatics)
  • Casey Bergman, genome structure, function and evolution (Genetics and Bioinformatics)
  • Alexander Klaus Bucksch, plant phenotyping via shape theory at the interface of geometry and topology (Plant Biology and Bioinformatics)
  • Liming Cai,  statistical learning methods and graph-theoretic algorithms for bioinformatics and data science (Computer Science)
  • Caner Kazanci, control, effects of modifications, evolution and reverse engineering of ecological systems  (Mathematics and Engineering)
  • John M Drake, dynamics of biological populations and epidemics  (Ecology)
  • Vanessa Ezenwa, disease ecology, behavioral ecology, ecological immunology  (Ecology)
  • K Melissa Hallow, quantiative systems physiology (Engineering)
  • Natarajan Kannan, natural sequence variation contribution to functional variation in protein kinases (Biochemistry and Bioinformatics)
  • Ming-Jun Lai, numerical analysis (Mathematics)
  • Nicole Lazar, functional MRI (Statistics)
  • Tianming Liu,  brain imaging, computational neuroscience, cognitive computing, and deep neural learning (Computer Science)
  • Jan Mrazek,  comparative analyses of microbial (mainly prokaryotic) genome  ( Microbiology and Bioinformatics)
  • Leidong Mao, microfluidics (Engineering)
  • Andrew Park, population and evolutionary biology of host-parasite interactions  (Ecology)
  • Pejman Rohani, population biology of infectious diseases (Infectious Diseases, Ecology)
  • Bob Schmitz, effects of natural and spontaneous epigenetic variation  on phenotypic plasticity (Genetics and Bioinformatics)
  • Thiab Taha, parallel computing (Computer Science)
  • CJ Tsai, what makes a tree a tree (Genetics and Bioinformatics)
  • Jason Wallace, crop improvement (Crops and Soild Sciences, Bioinformatics)
  • Ying Xu, cancer  (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics)
  • Xianqiao Wang, Computational nano/bio-mechanics (Engineering)
  • Shaying Zhao, genomic and epigenomic changes occurring during cancer initiation and progression (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics)

The Team

BRG Summer 2017

BRG, July 2017.  Left to right, front row: Sahar Aghasafari, Jessica Brady, Elizabeth Trippe, Lilliana Boyd, Ying Hu,
Karen Gonzalez. Left to right, back row: Juan B. Gutierrez, Valerie Flint, Patricio Gallardo, Zerotti Woods,
Sandra Getz, Jacob Aguilar, Diego Moncada, Yi Yan, Austin Mesa. Not in the picture: Matthew Houston, Karen Aguar, Saedi Safaei,
Medhi Asse fi, Sanaz Haghani.

BRG January 2017

BRG, January 2017. Back row (Left to right): Saeid Safaei, Carson Aft, Jordan Clark, Yi Yan, Zerotti Woods, Mehdi Assefi. Front row (Left to right): Matthew Houston, Jessica Brady, Juan B Gutierrez, Amanda Cameron, Elizabeth Trippe.  Not in the picture: Karen Aguar, Jacob Aguilar, Catherine Callaway, Mallory Harris, Bolanle Salaam. 


BRG, August 2016. Back row (Left to right): Catherine M. Callaway, Anna Yeaton, Zerotti Woods, Jessica A. Boss, Yiheng Yan, Brandon Teem. Front row (Left to right): Juan B. Gutierrez, Matthew Houston, Elizabeth D. Trippe, Paras Metha.  Not in the picture: Jacob Aguilar, Amanda Cameron, Kathyn D. Mauldin, Derek Onken, Bolanle Salaam, Saeid Safaei, Abraham Varghese.