Elizabeth Worthey, Ph.D.

Research Interests:  Developing and implementing tools and methods to extract knowledge from data that is useful for patient diagnosis and care.
Hobbies:  Genealogy (just another form of phenotype and relationship analysis). Gardening (just another type of phenotype experiment). My family (the ultimate egotistical form of genotype-phenotype study).
Director for the Center for Computational Genomics and Data Science within the department of Genetics in UAB School of Medicine
Associate Director in Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute
Scientist the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center

Angelina Uno-Antonison
Software Architect – Genomics

Research Interests:  Full Stack Development, UX, DevOps, Automating all the things so I can spend more time programming.
Hobbies:  Tabletop gaming, Knitting, Video games, Comics and Animation, Musical Theater, binge watching korean dramas.
Favorite character:  Lina Inverse, Tsukino Usagi (Sailor Moon)

Brandon Wilk
Data Scientist – Genomics; Ph.D. Trainee, UAB GBS-GGB theme

Research Interests:  Interested in clinical and translational genomics, personalized medicine, computer science and systems design, software design and algorithm implementation.
Hobbies:  Hiking, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Brewery/Beer sampling, and Dadding like a boss
Favorite character:  Flash

Donna Brown, M.S.
Molecular Variation Analyst in the Center for Computational Genomics and Data Science

Research Interests:  Our work takes me into the most personal aspects of each individual – their genome. My aim is to bring new information to our patients, their doctors and other scientists that can make an impact on the course of disease and quality of life.
Hobbies:  My interests include my grandkids, gardening, hiking, art, cooking, travel, and much much more. I’m engaged in creating and restoring respect for science, respect for nature, and respect for each other.
Favorite character:  Julia Pennyworth

Gurpreet Kaur, Ph.D.
Scientist III

Research Interests:   Translational bioinformatics; Multiomics; Network Biology; Tool/Pipeline development 
Hobbies:  Organizing myself, making a list of things I want to do/see (cities, museums, movies etc.), watching thriller and historical series/dramas, reading, doing creative things with my daughter, souvenirs collection.

Jaimie Richards, Ph.D.
Variant Analyst – Genomics-H

Research Interests:  Preference and attitude research on the return of genomic results, Health Disparities, Bioethics, Health Equity, Genetic Ancestry Predictions/Modeling, Participant and Community Engagement, Community Based Participatory Research (Genomics), Gender and Women’s Studies, African American Studies, Medicinal Plant Genomics (Senna).
Hobbies:  Watching cooking/baking competitions, baking/cooking, watching Korean psychodramas, Anime, playing with my dog (Koda) and guinea pigs (Jenny & Penny), spending time with friends and family, watching football, Netflix.
Favorite character:   Killua Zoldyck (HxH), Eeyore (Winnie-the-Pooh), Baymax (Big Hero 6), Shikamaru (Naruto), Donkey (Shrek)

James Scherer
Software Developer II – Genomics

Research Interests:  Software developer working on the Delphi tertiary analysis tool to investigate rare disease variants in patients. My specialty is UX/UI design work to create a more usable and intuitive tool for researchers and physicians to do timelier and more effective reviews. 
Hobbies:  Tinkering on side projects for related to software development and electrical hardware engineering. Cat owner.
Favorite character:  Barbara Gordon (Hero’ine’), Darkseid (Villain)

Kate Daughtry
Clinical Research Administrator

Research Interests:  Kinesiology, Physical activity and its relations to mental health disorders, genetic factors that influence body mechanics.
Hobbies:   I love true crime, yoga, craft beer, Star Trek and traveling.
Favorite character:  Data and Kathryn Janeway (Star Trek), Louise (Bobs Burgers)

Manavalan Gajapathy, Ph.D.
Data Scientist – Genomics

Research Interests:  Advancing patient diagnosis and care using data analysis and method implementation in Clinical and Translational Genome research.
Hobbies:  Reading, movie-ing, coding.

Rabab Fatima
Software Developer II – Genomics

Research Interests:   Full Stack & Mobile Software Development, UI/UX Design, Human Computer Interaction, Natural Language Processing.
Hobbies:  Art – Sketching, Painting, Appreciating. Movies/TV Shows, Reading, Writing, Gaming, Working out.
Favorite character:  Sirius Black (Harry Potter Series); Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Marvel) Arya Stark (Game of Thrones).

Samuel Bharti, B.Tech
Ph.D. Trainee, UAB BME-Bioinformatics

Research Interests:   Developing diagnostics and treatment applications in rare disease using Systems Biology and Clinomics.
Career Goal:  Save a life
Hobbies:  None, but I do like plants, travel and tech.

Shaurita Hutchins, M.S.
Ph.D. Trainee, UAB GBS-GGB

Research Interests:   My interests are to develop and implement novel methods and pipelines to improve clinical diagnoses and discover relationships between genetics and/or epigenetics and disease risk/onset/progression.
Hobbies:  I’m a sports fanatic, who loves writing poetry and prose, working on random coding projects, wine tastings, cooking, watching coming of age films, and studying and reading journal articles in parks.
Favorite character:  Peter Parker (Spiderman)

Tarun Mamidi, M.S.
Ph.D. Trainee, UAB GBS-GGB theme

Research Interests:  Develop tools/methods to prioritize causal variants in the field of rare diseases.
Hobbies:  Playing Cricket, Riding motorcycle, huge DC fan.
External activities:  Former President (Informatics Club), Secretary(UAB Cricket Club), Secretary (Association of Indian Students), Budget committee member (Graduate Student Government)
Favorite character:  Damian Wayne/Robin (Hero), Lex Luthor (Villain)

The CGDS team embodies a variety of backgrounds, each sharing our differing experiences, interests, skills, and our personal and professional interests to achieve our individual and team goals. Although our backgrounds may differ, we are part of a single team; our diversity is our strength.

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