UC Irvine

Hello! My name is Jihye Choi, and I am an international student from South Korea. I had studied in the United States for 7 years and earned a B.S degree in Mathematics at the University of California, Irvine. In 2015, I participated in a summer research program called Mathematical and Computational Biology for Undergraduates (MCBU), studying tandem binding model. Now I am interested in studying cancer, genetics, stem cells, and cell biology. During my spare time, I enjoy watching television, cooking, and playing golf. Through the solid education offered at MCSB, I look forward to build extensive knowledge in various fields and to learn a cooperative spirit by working with other students and faculty members.

Ohio State University, Columbus

Karikomi Matthew

I’m from Columbus OH. I graduated from Ohio State University with a dual B.S. in molecular genetics and theoretical math, and a minor computer science. I worked for two years at the James Cancer Hospital (Columbus) studying lipid phosphatase signaling. I am interested in a wide range of topics including statistical pattern recognition, dynamical systems and the analysis of multi-modal biomedical data. In my spare time I enjoy movies, cycling and recorded music.

UC Los Angeles

Khouri Katiana
Hello, my name is Katiana Khouri. I received my degree in Mathematics with an Applied Medical Life Science focus from UCLA.  I am interested in the application of non-linear dynamics to biological phenomena, specifically in medicine. Additionally, I hope to encompass the fields of Neuroscience and Probability Theory in my future research. I have worked as a data analyst for a top health care company for the past 2 years assessing and deciphering large data sets using SQL and database compilation. Along with my academic endeavors, I have studied ballet for 17 years, trained horses, and taught math.

UC Irvine

Kim Na Yeon

Hello. My name is Nayeon Kim but I usually go by Jenny. I am from South Korea. I received a B.S Degree in mathematics specialization in biology at UC Irvine. I have participated in Mathematical and Computational Biology for Undergraduate (MCBU) research program twice at UCI. I did research with professor Jun Allard about the tandem binding of T cell receptor in immune system. In my first year of research, we showed that simple binding leads to a trade-off between deactivation time and the bound fraction, whereas tandem binding overcomes this trade-off by simple ODE. In second year, we verified the ODE system with new program called SpringSaLad. These days, I am interested in cell biology, structural biology and HIV. My interests outside of research are exercising, playing darts and listening to music.

UC Santa Cruz

Nayak Pavan

Hi, my name is Pavan and I am originally from the Bay Area in California. I grew up in San Jose and finished my undergrad at University of California, Santa Cruz with a BS in Biology and a minor in Bioinformatics. After graduating, I left Northern California for San Diego to look for a job in warmer weather. Here, I worked at Salk Institute as a lab technician for six months studying aggression in fruit flies (D. melanogaster) by training a machine-learning program to identify specific behaviors in an enormous dataset. After my contract at Salk, I worked for almost two years as a research associate at Tioga Research, a pre-clinical contract research organization (CRO) dealing specifically in drug delivery systems through the skin or other membranes. My interests outside of research include surfing, lifting weights, reading and traveling.