Big Data Biology Lab Members

Luis Pedro Coelho (PI)

Luis Pedro Coelho

Luis Pedro Coelho leads the Big Data Biology Lab. He has background in both computer science and computational biology.

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Célio Dias Santos Júnior (postdoctoral researcher)

Célio Dias Santos Júnior

(June 2019—present)

Célio recently obtained his PhD degree on the use of bioinformatics to analyze terrestrial organic matter degradation by Amazon river microbes through metagenomics and population genomes at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) - Brazil, and Institut del Ciencies del Mar - Barcelona, Spain (ICM). Previously, his master’s degree in the same instution was on the use of computer technologies for ab initio protein production, and his bachelor degree is in Biotechnology and Biochemistry obtained at the Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU) - Brazil, and at the Faculty of Science and Technology in the University of Coimbra (FCTUC) - Portugal. His main interests range from the interface of bioinformatics applied to metagenomics, machine learning and protein structure. He specializes in the analysis of metagenomes and metatranscriptomes, wet lab routines and also bioprospection of biotechnological important proteins in environmental microbiota samples.

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Shaojun Pan (graduate student)

Shaojun Pan

(visitor April-Sept. 2019; full-time since Sept. 2019)

Shaojun is a software engineering major at the Nanjing University of Science and Technoloygy. His main interests are machine learning and data mining.

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Yiqian Duan(undergraduate student)

(since Feb. 2020)

Yiqian is a bioinformatics major in Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

Huayu Qin (incoming postdoctoral researcher)

(Hopefully from July 2020)

Huayu is completing his PhD degree from Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The research project has been based on applying epicPCR and 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing to microbiota and sulfate-reducing prokaryotes for obtaining diversity, evolution and environmental interactions. During his PhD, he was sponsored as Newton scholar to visit Imperial College London in UK for several months and participated in a project ‘Microbial Genes and Global Climate’ collaborated by scientists from a number of countries. Previously he did his Master of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Biomolecular Sciences from Macquarie University, Australia and investigated into a biocontrol strain Pseudomonas protegens Pf-5 by gene knock-out and oligonucleotide microarray. He is highly experienced in wet lab techniques in fileds of molecular biology and microbiology. His main interests now include using bioinformatics and models based on machine learning algorithms for analysis on metagenomics and metataxonomics.

Svetlana Ugarčina Perović (incoming postdoctoral researcher)

Svetlana is a microbiologist with expertise in high-throughput culture-dependent and culture-independent characterization of environmental and human microbiome. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and a Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology from the University of Novi Sad (Serbia). Her postdoctoral work at the University of Glasgow (the UK) and University of Porto (Portugal) focused on drinking water microbiome in distribution systems and urinary microbiome in women health. She has been writing for the Microbiome Digest, a daily on-line summary of scientific microbiome news. Her current interest includes computational approaches in microbial ecology to explore dynamics of antimicrobial resistome in the global microbiome.

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