Graduate Students

Graduate Students

Roshan Ravishankar

Roshan Ravishankar

Graduate Student

Roshan Ravishankar is part of the MSTP program at UTSW. He grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with degrees in Biology and Economics as part of Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences Management. His current research focus is on developing new methods for inferring causality in the context of cell biology.

Byron Weiss

Byron Weiss

Graduate Student

Byron is originally from Englewood, New Jersey. After receiving a scholarship to study international cultures and politics as part of a travel-based academic program, he returned to the New York area to pursue a BSE in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. As an undergraduate, Byron was involved in a variety of research areas including brown adipose tissue engineering, high-throughput microfluidics that integrated membrane permeability assays into biochemical drug screens, and the development of zero-mode waveguide nanoaperture arrays for the observation of single-molecule dynamics in weakly interacting systems. After completing his first two years of clinical training as an MD-PhD student, Byron joined the Danuser lab in 2017 to investigate the underlying cellular signaling and migratory functions of vimentin, a cytoskeletal intermediate filament protein that is considered a poor prognostic marker in several epithelial cancers. In his spare time, Byron enjoys backpacking, catching live music, and binge-watching whatever show has currently grabbed his attention.