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.
Carrie Zhu | Undergraduate Researcher
Carrie is a senior 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 a career in research. Outside of research, she enjoys playing volleyball and tutoring children.
Olivia Smith | PhD Rotation Student
Olivia is a graduate student in the Cell and Molecular Biology program rotating in the lab this spring. She is working on characterizing signals of polygenic adaptation in humans using ancient DNA, as part of a collaboration between the Harpak and Narasimhan Labs. She 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.