Personnel

Ryan Dale, Ph.D.

Bldg 10 Rm 10D39, ryan.dale@nih.gov

After a Masters in Oceanography and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Delaware, Ryan came to NIH in 2009 as the bioinformatician for a group of six PIs and about 40 post-docs in NIDDK (Laboratory of Cellular and Developmental Biology, LCDB). From 2009-2018, he became a developmental biologist, analyzed thousands of high-throughput sequencing libraries across hundreds of experiments, and led the bioinformatics on most papers published by the group. During that time he developed open-source software packages in Python, R, and C (some of which have been downloaded tens of thousands of times), contributed to many other open source software packages, co-founded the Bioconda  project, and led workshops teaching computational skills to biologists. In 2018 he started at NICHD as Scientific Information Officer, founded the Bioinformatics and Scientific Programming Core, and has been growing the total bioinformatics capacity of the institute through collaborations and training ever since.

Caroline Esnault, Ph.D.

Bldg 10 Rm 10D39, caroline.esnault@nih.gov

While completing her PhD in Molecular Genetics at the University of Lyon, France, Caroline taught Statistics, Evolution and Population Genetics. Her thesis and postdoctoral work focused on understanding the impact of transposable elements on the genome of a variety of organisms. She joined NICHD in 2011 as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Henry Levin, where she managed the lab’s high-throughput sequencer, in addition to consulting for her teammates on statistics and sequence analyses. She became fascinated with Next Generation Sequencing and learned programming in Python, Perl and R to develop or optimize the bioinformatics tools she needed. She joined the BSPC in 2018 and aims to provide the NICHD bioinformatics core with expertise at the interface of biology and computer science.

Apratim Mitra, Ph.D.

Bldg 10 Rm 10D39, apratim.mitra@nih.gov

Apratim completed his Ph.D. in computational biology from the University of Maryland, College Park before joining NICHD in 2013 as a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Karl Pfeifer. There, he worked on understanding the functions of a conserved long non-coding RNA while being closely involved in the planning and analysis of several other projects both in his lab and with collaborators in the Division of Developmental biology (DDB). As a result, he learned concepts of developmental biology and contributed to several projects in diverse contexts and co-authored multiple scientific articles. Apratim enjoys the challenge of multi-disciplinary science and has extensive experience in many aspects of bioinformatics and statistical analysis. He is looking forward to contributing to the development of a strong bioinformatics community and support network to enable exciting new science in the institute.

Gennady Margolin, Ph.D.

Building 6, Room 4B412, gennady.margolin@nih.gov

With a background in exact sciences and some biology, Gennady came to NIH in 2008 as a Research Fellow at NIDDK to develop skills and work on projects utilizing emergent next-gen sequencing. He was also tasked with system administration of the sequencing core computational server. In 2013 he moved to NHGRI as a Bioinformatics Scientist and among other projects, focused on studying DNA methylation in cancer and using it to detect and classify cancers. Recently, in 2019 he joined the BSPC group at NICHD and is working directly with the researchers in the Aquatic Models of Human Development group in Building 6. He is excited to take part in multiple research projects, utilize and share his knowledge and learn from others at the interface of biology, computers and applied math.

Henry Zhang, Ph.D.

Bldg 49 Rm 1A35C and Bldg 6 Rm 233, hzhang@mail.nih.gov

Henry has a multidisciplinary background in human genetics, genomics, statistics, and software programming. In 2001 he completed his postdoctoral training in NHGRI and moved to NCI in as a staff scientist in bioinformatics and mainly worked on genome-wide gene expression profiling and population genetics research of cancers using microarrays as well as using the next-generation sequencing technology that was emerging at the time. Henry joined NICHD in 2017 and joined BSPC in 2018, supporting labs directly in Buildings 6 and 49. He focuses on application support for high-throughput sequencing molecular and cellular biology research with next generation sequencing methods including of RILseq, RIboseq, RNAseq, ChIPSeq, and scRNAseq. He also develops software with R to meet various project requests.

Nicholas Johnson, B.A./B.S.

Bldg 10 Rm 10D39, nicholas.johnson2@nih.gov

Nick is originally from Colorado Springs where he is received his B.A. from the Colorado College in neuroscience where he studied the mammalian cerebellum. Not content, and too curious for his own good, he went on to get his B.S. in computer science as well from the University of Colorado in 2017. Hoping to find a way to bring his programming skills to the study of life, Nick joined the NIH as a postbac in 2018 in a sleep research lab, explored a little, and finally made it to the BSPC in July 2019. He looks forward to all there is to do here.

Arjun Mittal, B.S.

Arjun is originally from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2020 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. He first started off conducting basic, wet-lab research after his sophomore year. Not a fan of having free time, he decided to pursue a minor in Computer Science shortly after. Finishing up his senior year, Arjun realized he needed to find a way to marry his passions for biology and computer science. Thus, he joined the NIH as a postbac in the NICHD BSPC in June of 2020. He is beyond thrilled to get to work on exciting bioinformatic projects and learn as much as possible.

Eva Jason, B.S.

While completing her degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Eva worked in a lab focusing on drug discovery and design. In order to further her research, she complemented her studies with additional courses in statistics and programming leading her to add a minor in Bioinformatics.  After college, she spent time as an organic chemistry researcher, a math teacher, and an intern in a medical informatics lab. As a Southern California native, Eva is excited to be experiencing the seasons here on the East Coast, exploring the area, and meeting new people.

Previous Members

Eric Chang, B.S.

Sydney Hertafeld, B.S.

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