People

Arbel Harpak | Principal Investigator

Arbel is an Assistant Professor affiliated with both the Division of Health Informatics and Data Science in the Department of Population Health at the Dell Medical School and the Department of Integrative Biology at the College of Natural Sciences. Previously, Arbel was a Simons Foundation Fellow in Dr. Molly Przeworski’s lab at Columbia University. He holds a B.S. in both mathematics and physics and an M.S. in ecology, evolution and behavior from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, advised by Dr. Guy Sella. He also holds an M.S. in statistics and a Ph.D. in biology from Stanford University, where he was advised by Dr. Jonathan Pritchard as a Stanford Center for Computational, Evolutionary and Human Genomics Fellow.

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Carrie Zhu | Postgraduate Researcher

Carrie completed her Bachelor's degree at UT Austin studying Management Information Systems and pursuing the Elements of Computing Certificate and Pre-Medical track. She is interested in genomic research and its clinical applications. In the future, she also aims to attend a MD program, and possibly combine clinical work with research. Outside of research, she enjoys playing volleyball and tutoring children.

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Matt Ming | PhD Student

Matt is a graduate student in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior program joint between the Harpak Lab and the Kirkpatrick Lab. He received his B.A. in Biology at Cornell University. He is broadly interested in population genetics, evolution, and computational biology. Outside the lab, Matt enjoys rock climbing, playing board games, and watching movies.

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Amber Day | PhD Rotation Student

Amber is a graduate student in the Department of Statistics and Data Science at UT Austin and is doing a research elective at the lab. She completed her Bachelor's degree at Texas State University studying Mathematics and Secondary Education. She completed one Master's degree at the University of Rochester in Mathematics Education and one Master's degree at the State University of New York Brockport in Mathematics. Amber's research interests include functional graphical models, machine learning, biostatistics, and applications in the social sciences.

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Olivia Smith | Former PhD Rotation Student

Olivia is a graduate student in the Cell and Molecular Biology program and in the Narasimhan Lab. She rotated in our lab in Spring '21, and continues to collaborate with us in her work characterizing signals of recent polygenic adaptation in humans using ancient DNA data. Olivia has a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Biomedical Engineering from Colorado State University. Her research background is in high-throughput microbial engineering for biotech and agbiotech. She is broadly interested in computational biology. When Olivia is not working, she likes to go on bike tours and draw botanical illustrations.

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