Group members
Mark (Max) Leiserson (PI)

Max Leiserson is a computer scientist and computational biologist. His main research interests are in developing and applying algorithms and statistics to understand the genetics of cancer. He was a graduate student with Ben Raphael in Computer Science and Computational Biology at Brown University, and was a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research, New England.

Max is a paid consultant for Microsoft (since December 2017) and Mosaic Building Group (since December 2018).

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(301) 405-7395
Biomolecular Sci Bldg #3113
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Yuexi (Tracy) Chen (Ph.D. student)

Yuexi (Tracy) Chen is currently pursuing Ph.D. in computer science and has closely worked with biochemistry researchers as of September 2017. She comes from Sichuan Province, China and received her B.S. from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). Her main research interests are in two fields:

  1. Develop algorithms to facilitate clinical research in cancer immunotherapy (i.e. Checkpoint blockade, CAR-T, Cancer Vaccines...) based on high-throughput Mass Spectrometry and NGS data. (advised by Prof. Leiserson)
  2. Develop algorithms and statistical analysis tools to study protein structures and interactions based on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) data. (advised by Prof. Fushman)

As a former varsity member of USTC, Tracy also enjoys playing tennis with friends.

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Biomolecular Sci Bldg #1123
Jason Fan (Ph.D. student)

Jason is interested in developing algorithms to understand disease models and cancer with biological networks. Currently, he is researching algorithms that learn representations and make predictions across multiple biological networks from different species. Prior to joining LRGr in September 2017, Jason received his B.S in Computer Science and Mathematics at Tufts University.

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Biomolecular Sci Bldg #3114A
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Xuan (Cindy) Li (Ph.D. student)

Xuan Cindy Li is a 1st year PhD student in the Biological Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Maryland. Cindy hails from Guangzhou, China, but spent her undergrad at Washington University in St. Louis and therefore considers herself half St. Louisian (Go Cards!). During her rotation with the Leiserson Group, Cindy is exploring algorithms predicting synthetic lethality and genetic interactions across different species.

Welles Robinson (Ph.D. student)

Co-advised by Eytan Ruppin.

Mark Keller (Undergraduate student)

Mark is exploring signatures of somatic mutations across different cancer types and subtypes. He is currently working on methods for inferring, characterizing, and visualizing mutation signatures. Mark is a junior computer science major (with data science concentration) and statistics minor at the University of Maryland and a member of the Computer Science Departmental Honors Program.

Kay Htut (Undergraduate student)

Kay is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Maryland. She is majoring in Bioengineering under the Biomedical Instrumentation track and minoring in Mathematics. As a CBCB undergraduate intern, she is studying nonnegative matrix factorization methods for extracting mutational signatures from cancer sequencing datasets.

Rahul Ramanathan (High school student)

Rahul is a senior at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in New Jersey and interested in both the biomedical engineering and medical fields. As an intern in the Leiserson Group, he creates visualizations for the team to use to make the output of the group's algorithms easier to interpret.

Domenick BracciaRotation studentComputational Biology, Bioinformatics, and Genomics
Xiaoqing HuangVisitorPrzytycka Lab (NCBI)