People


Principal Investigator


Jason Ernst
Associate Professor
Email: jason.ernst at ucla dot edu
Bio: Jason Ernst is an Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry, Computer Science, and Computational Medicine at UCLA. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, he was a postdoctoral fellow with Manolis Kellis in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory MIT and affiliated with the Broad Institute. In 2008, Jason completed a PhD advised by Ziv Bar-Joseph in the Machine Learning Department and School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Jason also earned BS degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Maryland College Park. He has developed a number of widely used bioinformatics methods and software include ChromHMM for chromatin state modeling and genome annotation and STEM and DREM for the analysis of time series gene expression data. He is a member of the editorial board at Genome Research and has been a program co-chair for the Regulatory Genomics Special Interest Group meeting at ISMB. He is a recipient of a NIH-Avenir Award, NSF CAREER Award, Sloan Fellowship, and a John H. Walsh Young Investigator Research Prize.

PhD Students


Jennifer Zou
PhD student in Computer Science
Co-advised by Eleazar Eskin


Tevfik Dincer
PhD student in Bioinformatics


Soo Bin Kwon
PhD student in Bioinformatics


Ha Vu
PhD student in Bioinformatics


Runjia (Luke) Li
PhD student in Bioinformatics

Rotation PhD/1st year students

Jingyuan Fu - PhD student in Computer Science
Matthew Heffel - PhD student in Bioinformatics
Emily Maciejewski - PhD student in Computer Science
Jonathan Perrie - PhD student in Bioinformatics

Undergraduate Students

Zane Koch - Computational and Systems Biology and Bruins in Genomics Program


Previous Group Members

PhD Students

Petko Fiziev, PhD in Bioinformatics, 2012-2018 - now at Illumina Artificial Intelligence Lab
Artur Jaroszewicz, PhD in Bioinformatics, 2014-2019 - now at Ravel Biotechnology
Adriana Arneson, PhD in Bioinformatics, 2015-2020 - now at Twist Bioscience
Shan Sabri, PhD in Bioinformatics, 2015-2020 - now at ArsenalBio

Staff

Olivera Grujic - 2015-2018

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellows

Pasquale Laise - Visting from European Institute of Oncology, 2016

PhD Rotation students

Zhicheng Pan - Bioinformatics, Winter 2016
Christopher Robles - Genetics and Genomics, Winter 2016
Xiaorui Fan - Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology, Winter 2016
Kai Fu - Bioinformatics, Spring 2014
Ashley Cass - Bioinformatics, Winter 2013

Masters students

Aaron Zhou - Computer Science, 2018-2020
Angela Chen - Computer Science, 2017-2018
Yuju Lee - Computer Science, 2013-2014
Natalie Davidson - Computer Science 2012-2013

Undergraduate students

Huiling Huang - Computational and Systems Biology, 2020
Megan Arden - Bruins in Genomics Program, 2020
Joseph Galasso - Bruins in Genomics Program, 2020
Anshul Kale - Bruins in Genomics Program, 2020
Mudi Yang - Bruins in Genomics Program, 2020
Huiling Huang - Computational and Systems Biology, 2020
Grace Casarez - Bruins in Genomics Program, 2019
Rebecca Castillo - Bruins in Genomics Program, 2019
Trevor Ridgley - Bruins in Genomics Program, 2019
Jeremy Wang - Bruins in Genomics Program, 2019
Jennifer Chien - Bruins in Genomics Program, 2018
Brooke Felsheim - Bruins in Genomics Program, 2018
Aaron Zhou - Computer Science and Mathematics, 2017-2018
Deven Agrawal - Computer Science and Cognitive Science, 2017
Timothy Fisher - Bruins in Genomics Program, 2017
Heather Han - Bruins in Genomics Program, 2017
Scott De Taboada - Bruins in Genomics Program, 2016
Ashish Gauli - Bruins in Genomics Program, 2016
Earle Aguilar - Computer Science and Bruins in Genomics Program, 2015
Vileena Koneru - Computational and Systems Biology, 2015
Hana Wasserman - Bruins in Genomics Program, 2015
Jack Lu - UCLA CSST Program, 2014
Sam Chuang - Computer Science, 2012-2014

Group Photos


Fall 2019 - Inspiration Point Hike


Fall 2018 - Griffith Park Hike


Fall 2017 - Rustic Canyon Hike


Fall 2016 - Cathedral Rock Hike


Winter 2016 - Topanga Hike