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Current Members



Marissa Kosnik is a Ph.D. student in Toxicology at NC State University. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry and her B.A. in Chemistry from NC State University. Her research focuses on generation of novel hypotheses by creative recombinations of existing datasets. In her free time, Marissa enjoys oenology, cooking, and seeing Broadway shows.




Kimberly To is a Ph.D. student in Bioinformatics at NC State University. She received her B.S. in Statistics from NC State University. Kim is currently working on chemical profiling and prioritization for risk assessment, with a focus on nanomaterials. She is cool beans.





Kyle Roell is a Ph.D. student in Bioinformatics at NC State University. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. Kyle is currently working on research involving the quantification of synergistic interactions among anticancer drugs, potential heritability of synergy and application of these methods to chemical mixtures.



Michele Meisner is a Ph.D. student in Bioinformatics at NC State University and current NSF graduate fellow. She received her M.S. in Statistics (concentration: Statistical Genetics) from NC State University and B.A. in Statistics from The College of New Jersey. Her current research focuses on characterizing genetic variance underlying phenotypic variability between individuals in outbred model organism populations exposed to varying chemical environments. Michele enjoys participating in activities with her dog in her downtime and has recently submitted his DNA to figure out his mixed breed!



Dr. Skylar Marvel is a Research Associate in the Bioinformatics Research Center at NC State University. He received his Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, M.S. in Biomedical Engineering (focus: tissue engineering), and M.S. in Electrical Engineering (focus: systems biology) from NC State University. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering (minor: mathematics) from Colorado State University. His research focus is on developing statistical and machine learning techniques for the analysis of genomic and high-throughput screening data.



Dr. Galen Collier is a Bioinformatics Research Scholar in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University. He received postdoctoral training in Chemical Engineering at Columbia University, his Ph.D. in Bioengineering at Clemson University, and his M.S. in Biophysical Chemistry at Georgia State University. Prior to joining the bioinformatics community at NC State University, Dr. Collier worked as a computational scientist at Clemson University where he supported informatics and modeling activities within a range of life sciences projects. 

Dr. Collier’s research methods have evolved from experimental biochemistry to informatics, yet he has remained focused on the analysis of events taking place at interfaces where various forms of information are transmitted through complex systems of chemical and biomolecular structures. The goal of his research is to improve our understanding of the interrelationships between environmental factors and genetics in regulating human health. Much of this highly interdisciplinary work involves the creation of compiled data repositories, integrated informatics tools, and data analysis workflows for the efficient exploration of large, high-dimensional data sets originating from a broad variety of sources. 



Alumni (NC State University, 2013 - Present)



Guozhu Zhang is currently a Senior Biostatistician at Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. He obtained his Ph.D. in Bioinformatics with the Reif Lab at NC State University in 2016. He received his M.S. in Statistics from the University of Idaho and B.S. in Mathematics from Dalian Maritime University (China). His research involves developing analytical methods for high-dimensional environmental health data. Outside the lab, you can find him in the gym, frequenting food trucks, running in the park, or staring at one of his many iDevices.



Alumni (U.S. EPA, 2008-2012)



Cory Strope (EPA post-doctoral fellow)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Lisa Truong (EPA post-doctoral fellow)
Assistant Professor & Deputy Director of Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Laboratory
Oregon State University

Sean Watford (EPA post-bac research assistant)
PhD Student
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dayne Filer (EPA post-bac research assistant)
MD/PhD Student
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ander Wilson (EPA graduate research assistant)
Assistant Professor of Statistics
Colorado State Universit

Parth Kothiya (EPA post-bac research assistant)
PhD Student
University of Indiana