Lab

Our multidisciplinary laboratory integrates cutting-edge experimental and computational approaches to understand mechanisms of transcriptional addiction and chromatin reorganization in cancer.

TEAM MEMBERS

Aanchal Mongia

Postdoctoral Fellow

Aanchal Mongia

Postdoctoral Fellow

Aanchal Mongia is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faryabi Lab. Her research focuses on developing machine-learning frameworks for single-cell spatial genomic data. She received her Ph.D in Computer Science and Engineering from IIIT-Delhi, India where she proposed graph-based matrix completion models for collaborative filtering and used them to address several bioinformatics problems. Aanchal is broadly interested in machine learning, bioinformatics, collaborative filtering, deep learning and Graph theory.

Ashkan Bigdeli

PhD Candidate

Ashkan Bigdeli

PhD Candidate

Ashkan Bigledi joined the Faryabi lab as a PhD student through Drexel University. He obtained his BSc and MSc in biotechnology from the University of Rhode Island and Harvard University, respectively. Ashakan specializes in computational applications in clinical oncology and his research focuses on pathogenicity prediction of somatic variations in patient populations.

Emily Ferrari

Lab Manager

Emily Ferrari

Lab Manager

Emily Ferrari manages the lab and studies the role of long non-coding RNAs in breast cancer. Emily joined the Faryabi lab after studying Lamb-Shaffer Syndrome at Lefebvre Lab at CHOP. Emily received a B.A. in Biology from Swarthmore College in 2019, where she conducted research on long non-coding RNAs in human cells and their role in cancer progression.

Gregory Schwartz

Postdoctoral Fellow

Gregory Schwartz

Postdoctoral Fellow

Gregory joined the Faryabi lab after his doctoral training at Drexel University. Gregory’s interests lie in developing computational methods to integrate and interrogate high-dimensional experimental data sets using graph theory and Gregory joined the Faryabi lab after his doctoral training at Drexel University. Gregory’s interests lie in developing computational methods to integrate and interrogate high-dimensional experimental data sets using graph theory and machine learning. Dr. Schwartz research has been supported by NIH T32 Immunobiology of Normal and Neoplastic Training Grant.

Jingru Zhao

PhD Candidate

Jingru Zhao

PhD Candidate

Jingru is a student in the Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Group. She received a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Economics from Emory University in 2018. During her undergraduate, she studied the role actin polymerization plays during the development of pulmonary hypertension. Her current research in the Faryabi Lab focuses on how enhancer activity and 3D chromatin conformation are regulated to promote the expression of developmental transcription factors in breast cancer.

R. Babak Faryabi, Phd

Assistant Professor of Pathology

R. Babak Faryabi, Phd

Assistant Professor of Pathology

R. Babak Faryabi is currently an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cancer Biology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Babak received his bachelor and master of science degrees from Sharif University of Technology in Iran. He then moved to Texas A&M University, where he  received his Ph.D. in computational biology under the supervision of Drs. Edward Dougherty and Jean-Francois Chamberland. Babak then joined the laboratory of Dr. Andre Nussenzweig at the NIH as a postdoctoral fellow to study the mechanisms of epigenetic dysregulation in B cell lymphomas. As an independent investigator, Babak uses systems-based approaches to understand molecular underpinning of genome folding and transcriptional addiction in cancer. He is the recipient of a number of awards including the Susan G. Komen Foundation Career Catalyst Research Award, Cooper Scholar Award, and Concern Foundation Conquer Cancer Now Award. He serves as an Associate Editor of Breast Cancer Research  journal.

Yeqiao Zhou, MSc

PhD Candidate

Yeqiao Zhou, MSc

PhD Candidate

Yeqiao is a student in the Genetics and Epigenetics Graduate Group. Yeqiao received her BSc and MSc degrees in biotechnology from the Sun Yat-sen University, and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. During her pre-doctoral research, she investigated the epigenetic regulatory program of gene expression in B cell lymphomas. Her ongoing graduate research in the Faryabi Lab seeks to understand the underlying mechanisms of genome folding in cancers resistant to Notch inhibitors.

ALUMNI

Jelena Petrovic

Present: Research Scientist at Genentech

Past: Postdoctoral fellow (Joint with Warren Pear)

Jingru Zhao

Present: Faryabi Lab member

Past: Rotation Student

David Wilkes

Present:

Past: Lab Technician

Rupa Khanal

Present: Susztak Lab, UPenn

Past: Rotation Student

Benjamin Kahn

Present: MD/PhD Student

Past: Undergraduate independent study

Mark Boltengagen

Present: Researcher at Dresden University of Technology

Past: Postdoctoral fellow

Parisa Samareh

Present: Berger Lab, UPenn

Past: Rotation Student, GCB

Jose Liboy Lugo

Present: PhD Student, UCSF

Past: SUIP Undergraduate student

Drishty Vora

Present: Data Coordinator, UPenn

Past: Biotechnology MSc Student

Rohan Alur

Present: Bridgewater Associates

Past: Computer Science MSc student

Yeqiao Zhou

Present: Faryabi Lab member

Past: Rotation Student, CAMB

Thomas Campbell

Present: PhD student, UPenn

Past: Rotation Student, BMB

Tosin Ajiboye

Present: North Philadelphia Health System

Past: Lab Technician

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