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  Lab Memebers    


Welcome to our team page! We are always looking for new members to join our team. Please feel free to contact us to learn about our work and new opportunities in our lab.

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Dr. Afrand Kamali Sarvestani has an interest in biochemicals and their corresponding biological pathways. He graduated with his PhD from Michigan State University. He has several years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. 

  Gholamali (Ali) Rahnavard  

Principle Investigator

  Afrand Kamali  

Visiting Scholar

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Dr. Pirani is interested in LC-MS and in the molecular structure of biomarkers. Parisa investigates approaches for more accurate biomarker discovery using advancements in metabolite profiling techniques.

  Parisa Pirani

Senior Research Associate

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Allen is a PhD student in Biostatistics at George Washington University and a Data Scientist at The MITRE Corporation. His current research focuses on applying machine learning methods to liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry data. He holds an MS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and a Master of Biostatistics from Duke University


Tyson is a PhD student in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences: Genomics and Bioinformatics Program. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 2019 with a degree in bioinformatics, minoring in computer science. His projects involve integrating the analysis of omics data with machine learning tools.

PhD Student of Biostatistics


Xinyang graduated from the University of Southern California in Data Informatics. Her current interest involves applying machine learning tools to analyze the omics data in COVID-19.

 Xinyang Zhang  
  Tyson Dawson 
(Joint with Keith Crandall)

PhD student of Genomics and Bioinformatics


Ranojoy has an MS in Computer Science from Kansas State University, with his specialization on recommendation systems. Ranojoy is currently working on developing software and analyzing COVID-19 data.

 Ranojoy Chatterjee  

PhD Student of Health and Biomedical Data Science

PhD Student of Health and Biomedical Data Science

Dami has a background in Biology and earned her MSc from Purdue University where she concentrated on Immunology and Diseases. She is pursuing an MSc in Biomedical Engineering.

 Oluwadamilola (Dami) Oke

Master's Student of Biomedical Engineering

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Wendy is a graduate student, focusing on Biostatistics in Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Wendy got her Bachelor degree in Statistics from GWU. Currently Wendy is working on metabolomics using R package


Mahdi's research interests are in mathematical models in data science. Prior to GW, he worked for several years as a senior data scientist and led an analytical team. He holds a BS in Statistics from Shahid Beheshti University and an MS in Mathematical Statistics from Shiraz University.

PhD Student of Health and Biomedical Data Science

PhD Student of Health and Biomedical Data Science

Master's students 


Ava is pursuing MS in Systems Engineering from the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering department at GWU. She earned her BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tehran. She is managing our Path2Max program to promote diversity in the biomedical sciences.

Ava Gholipour

Master's of Systems Engineering


Sophie is an MPH student concentrating in Biostatistics at GWU. After graduating from Williams College in 2019, where she studied Biology and Statistics. Sophie is interested in applying computational techniques to investigate biological pathways in cancer.

  Sophie Lu   

Master's of Public Health (MPH)


Shubayan has experience as a full-Stack LAMP and AI Developer with interests in Data Science and Quantum Computing. Prior to joining GW, he worked on collaborative projects with UC Davis, Queensland University, and IIT KGP.

  Shubhayan Saha   

Master's of Health and Biomedical Data Science

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Edward Nusinovich 

Edward is a Master's student in the Bioinformatics concentration of the Health and Biomedical Data Science program at GW.  Prior to joining GW, he worked as a Quantitative Trader at Janus Henderson's quantitative subsidiary, Intech, and is now working as a Data Science Lead at STEM Healthcare, a biopharma consulting firm. He is interested in applying machine learning to improve health outcomes.

Master's of Health and

Biomedical Data Science


Deja is pursuing a MS in Health and Biomedical Data Science with a concentration in bioinformatics. Deja is currently working as a Data Analytics Fellow at ACHP to continuously enhance analytic offerings offering by identifying and implementing new data sources and analytic approaches via Tableau.


Chiraag is an MS student in the Health and Biomedical Data Science Program. He's currently working on increasing the accuracy of molecule quantification within metabolomics data. He also works on statistical tools for the integration of metabolite profiles and evaluation of single-cell RNA-Seq data. Prior to GW, he was an IRTA post-bac research fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He graduated from Carleton College in 2020 with a BA in Statistics. 

Master's Student of Health and Biomedical Data Science

  Soumya Sinha   

Master's of Health and Biomedical Data Science

Soumya is a master's in Data Analytics student at GWU. She conducted research her undergraduate in collaboration work with Queensland University, Australia. In addition, she got selected under the global academic internship program and interned with the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) faculties. Her interests lie in Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Artificial Intelligence.


Yun is an MPH student, focusing on Biostatistics in Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. He got his Bachelor degree in Statistics and Psychology from GWU. He is currently working on medications effects on mortality rate in pregnant women infected by COVID-19 using R.

Yun Seong Ji

Master's of Public Health (MPH)


Fayssal is an MPH student with a background in clinical data science. He is passionate about data analytics and biostatistics; he will be working on the analysis of gastric sleeve bypass data.

Ali Fayssal

Master's of Public Health (MPH)

Master's of Health and Biomedical Data Science

Undergraduate students 


Peri is an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis and is pursuing a Global Health & Environment degree in the university’s Anthropology major. Peri is interested in finding big-picture solutions to address health inequities.

Affilaited memebers


Rita is a Ph.D. student in the Singer Lab. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. She got her MS from Auburn University, Alabama She is now interested in the dynamics of infections investigating how the microbiome is influenced by Giardia lamblia infections.

Peri Rabbino 

Undergraduate Student in Global Health & Environment

  Rita Akinkuotu 

PhD Student



Haegi is a junior at GW majoring in Public Health and minoring in Bioinformatics. Haegi project involves applying computational techniques to process omics data.


Eleanor is a research intern at GW and an undergraduate student double major in computer science and biology at Kalamazoo College. Her project focuses on SARS-CoV-2 genomes in association with clinical and epidemiological data.

Haegi Oh 

Undergraduate Student in Public Health and minors in Bioinformatics.


Jonny is a sophomore at GW studying Public Health and pursuing a minor in Bioinformatics. Jonny's project focuses on the Inflammatory Bowel Disease, performing functional metabolic analysis using metabolite and microbial species genes.

  Jonny Phan  

Undergraduate Student in Public Health

  Eleanor S. Carr

Undergraduate Student double major in Computer Science and Biology


Gaurav is an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Bioengineering and minoring in Computer Science. His project focuses on microbial physiology traits and their relationship with natural environments and the human body. 

  Gaurav Mantri  

Undergraduate Student in Bioengineering

Kevin Fenton, Graduate Student (09/01/2019-15/01/2020) - Now Master's student at GW

Shaho Alaee, Graduate Student (09/01/2020-01/01/2021) - Now at Booz Allen Tech Solutions

Anna Gams, PhD Student of Biomedical Engineering (01/22/2020-02/12/2021) - Now PhD Student at GW

Muzhe Guo, PhD student of Statistics, (08/11/2020-05/12/2021) - Now PhD Studnet at GW

  Abhigya Giri  

Master's of Public Health (MPH)

Abhigya got a BS degree in Biological Sciences from University of Maryland, College Park and is pursuing a Master in Public Health with a focus on Biostatistics from George Washington University. Currently, his work in the lab involves helping with the development of deepath, a tool for pathway enrichment analysis of omics datasets.

  Brennan Streck    

Master's of Public Health (MPH)

Brennan has a nursing background where she specialized in hematology/oncology and stem cell transplant, her PhD explored dyadic interdependent health among cancer survivors and their partners. She is an MPH candidate at GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health and a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute. She is learning about metabolomics data analysis through her role in the Rah lab. 


Shijie is a second-year graduate student majored in Computer Science at the George Washington University. Currently, He is working as a software developer in the Rahnavard Lab.


Hyunjae has a background is Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook University. Cho has a master's in Statistics at the George Washington University. Cho focuses are data curation on omics data and analysis

  Shijie Wu  

Master's student of Computer Science 


Teah is a senior studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Bioinformatics. Her project focuses on metabolite clustering from Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) data. 

  Teah Serani   

Undergraduate Student in Biomedical Engineering 

  Jenny Ogden  

Jenny's research interests are in developing novel systems and approaches for the analysis of omics data to support translational medicine and ultimately improve patient outcomes. Prior to returning to school at The George Washington University, she spent a decade as a practicing statistical consultant in financial services. She holds a BS in Mathematics from Houghton College and an MS in Applied Statistics from the University of Alabama.

PhD Student of Health and Biomedical Data Science


Hannah is studying human paleobiology in the Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology.  Her research interests lie in the intersection of the human microbiome and disease evolution and, more broadly, of anthropology and public health.

  Hannah Jacobson   

Master's of Human Paleobiology

  Hyunjae Cho  

Master's student of Statistics and Data Science 


Sanika is a senior at GW studying Public Health and pursuing minors in Applied Mathematics and Bioinformatics. My project at the lab focuses on characterizing interactions between microbiomes and human hosts.

  Sanika Kulkarni    

Undergraduate Student of Public Health and minors in Applied Mathematics and Bioinformatics.

  Pranay Patodi  

Pranay is pursuing a Master in Computer Science with a focus on Machine Intelligence and Cognition from George Washington University. Currently, his work in the lab involves helping with the development of Machine Learning algorithms for the analysis of omics datasets.

Master's student of Computer Science 

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Vishesh completed his BS in Biology at GWU and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Computer Science. He is interested in the intersection of deep learning techniques and omics data.

  Vishesh Javangula  

Master's Student of Computer Science

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