Past Members

Over 100 postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, clinical fellows, undergraduate students, computational biologists, and technical staff have trained and developed their careers in the Kraus lab since it was founded in 1999. The trainees have moved on to careers as scientists, professors, and physicians at academic institutions, hospitals, and biotech companies around the world. The computational biologists and technical staff employed by the Kraus lab have used their time in the lab to continue developing their careers and positioning themselves for further opportunities. As the track record of our personnel shows, the training, mentorship, opportunities, and continuing career support provided to Kraus lab members is an incredible career catalyst that promotes continued success.

Postdoctoral Fellows


Graduate Students


  • Mari Acevedo Santiago, Ph.D.
    Graduate Student, 1999-2004
    Professor, Univ. of Puerto Rico
  • Jhoanna Berrocal, M.S.
    Graduate Student, 2006-2007
    Research Associate, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Bryan Gibson, Ph.D.
    Graduate Student, 2008-2015
    Assistant Member, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
  • Nasun Hah, Ph.D.
    Graduate Student, 2004-2010
    Director, Integrative Genomics, Altos Labs
  • Kristine (Frizzell) Hussey, Ph.D.
    Graduate Student, 2003-2010
    Director, Program Management, Akebia Therapeutics
  • Gary Isaacs, Ph.D.
    Graduate Student, 2002-2008
    Professor, Liberty Univ.
  • Aarin Jones, Ph.D.
    Graduate Student, 2017-2022
    Postdoctoral Scientist, Regeneron
  • Mi Young Kim, Ph.D.
    Graduate Student, 1999-2004
    Assistant Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
  • Miltos Kininis, Ph.D.
    Graduate Student, 2002-2007
    Head Digital & Business Excellence Operations, Novartis Oncology
  • Raga Krishnakumar, Ph.D.
    Graduate Student, 2004-2009
    Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Rui Li, M.S.
    Graduate Student, 2010-2014
    Senior Research Scientist, Meta
  • Ziying Liu, Ph.D.
    Graduate Student, 2010-2015
    Staff Software Engineer, Indeed.com
  • Xin Luo, Ph.D.
    Graduate Student, 2007-2014
    Senior Computational Biology Scientist, Amgen, CA
  • Shino Murakami, Ph.D.
    Graduate Student, 2010-2018
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Weill Cornell Medical College, NY
  • John Tyler Piazza, M.S.
    Graduate Student, 2017-2018
    Senior Consultant, Trinity Life Sciences
  • Keun Ryu, Ph.D.
    Graduate Student, 2010-2018
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Miao Sun, Ph.D.
    Graduate Student, 2007-2013
    Head of Computational Biology, Experimental Drug Development Centre, Singapore
  • David Wacker, M.D., Ph.D.
    Graduate Student, 2001-2006
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Clinical Fellows


    Computational Biologists


    • Minho Chae, Ph.D.
      Computational Biologist III, 2011-2015
      Director at Fluo Labs, Dallas, TX
    • Venkat Malladi, M.S.
      Computational Biologist II, 2015-2017
      Senior Scientist, Bioinformatics @ Microsoft Genomics
    • Anusha Nagari, M.S.
      Computational Biologist III, 2011-2022
    • Rohit Setlem, M.S.
      Computational Biologist I, 2018-2021
      Bioinformatician, Mayo Clinic
    • Aishwarya Sundaresan, M.S.
      Computational Biologist II, 2018-2021
      Bioinformatics Analyst III, Scripps Research

    Technical Staff


    • Jonathan Abshier
      Research Technician II, 2019-2021
      Ph.D. Candidate, Portland State University
    • Hassan Allahrakha, D.O.
      Research Technician II, 2016-2017
      Resident Physician, Methodist Health System Dallas
    • Neeraja Bhangre, M.S.
      Research Technician II, 2013-2014
      Clinical Development Scientist, Oncology, Gilead Sciences
    • Yaroslav (Adam) Bisikalo
      Research Assistant II, 2018-2019
      Research Associate, Surgery, UT Southwestern
    • Emerson Ailidh Boggs, M.S.
      Research Technician II, 2017-2018
      Lead Research Specialist, Emory University
    • Jane Bowman
      Research Assistant I, 2010-2013
      Sr. Administrative Assistant, UT Southwestern, 2013-2014
      Territory Account Manager, PHC Biomed
    • Cristel Camacho, Ph.D.
      Senior Research Associate, Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist, and Assistant Professor, 2017-2022
      Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center
    • Jessica Chiou Carruthers, M.S.
      Research Technician II, 2016-2017
      Clinical Sales Consultant, Thermo Fisher Scientific
    • Kevin Conley
      Research Technician III, 2004-2005
    • Rebecca Dharamraj
      Research Technician II, 2018
      Behavioral Technician, Therapy and Beyond
    • Cynthia Mary Duran
      Research Technician II, 2017-2018
    • Elizabeth Fogarty
      Research Support Specialist I, 2005-2009
      Research Support Specialist I, Dept. of MBG, Cornell University
    • Kristen Gomez
      Research Technician II, 2017-2018
    • Charles R. Hutti, Ph.D.
      Research Associate, 2020-2022
      Biomedical Research Associate, Advanced Technology International
    • Megan Johnson
      Research Assistant I, 2018-2019
    • Jenny Ying Long
      Research Assistant II, 2015-2016
      Senior Quality Assurance Specialist, Abbott Laboratories
    • Tory Manning
      Research Support Specialist I, 1999-2001
    • Kimberly Matavire
      Research Technician II and Research Assistant I, 2018-2019
      Fidelity Investments
    • O’Brian Mbakwe, M.D.
      Research Technician II, 2015-2017
      Resident Physician, Brooklyn, NY
    • Thomas Millen
      Research Technician II, 2021
      Account Executive, RealPage, Inc.
    • Deborah Miller
      Research Scientist and Director of Green Center Laboratory Operations, 2010-2013
      Business Development Manager, Remi
    • Rosemary Conry Plagens, Ph.D.
      Research Assistant, 2014-2017
      Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UNC Chapel Hill
    • Rachel Ramirez
      Research Assistant I and II, 2011-2014
      Quality Assurance Specialist, Quest Diagnostics
    • Jennifer Smith, Ph.D.
      Research Technician III, 2001-2002
      Senior Policy Advisor, Health Canada
    • Rion Taylor, Ph.D.
      Research Technician, 2002-2003
      Professor, MidAmerica Nazarene University
    • Kirk Tran, M.D.
      Research Technician II, 2014-2016
      Resident, Eastern Virginia Medical School
    • David Turnell
      Research Technician II, 2019-2021
      J.D. Candidate, University of Texas School of Law
    • Fang Ye
      Research Assistant I, 2009-2011

        Undergraduate Students


        • Jamie Anastas, Ph.D.
          Undergraduate Student, 2004-2005
          Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
        • Ehsan Balagamwala, M.D.
          Undergraduate Student, 2006-2008
          Attending Physician, Radiation Oncology, Cleveland Clinic
        • Arunabha "Sunny" Basu, M.D.
          Undergraduate Student, 2009-2010
          Anesthesiologist, Kaiser Permanente
        • Benjamin Chen, M.D.
          Undergraduate Student, 2004-2006
          Internist, Oakland, CA
        • Christine Cheng, M.D.
          Undergraduate Student, 2006-2007
          Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center
        • Yeeting Esther Chong, Ph.D.
          Undergraduate Student, 2002-2005
          Scientist, aTyr Pharma
        • Michelle DuMond, M.D.
          Undergraduate Student, 2006-2008
          Physician, International Community Health Services
        • Trevor Halle, M.D.
          Undergraduate Student, 2008-2008
          Emergency Medicine Physician, US Acute Care Solutions
        • Daria R. Homenko, M.D.
          Undergraduate Student, 2002-2003
          Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Endoscopy, Brigham and Women's Hospital
        • Susan Hsiao, M.D., Ph.D.
          1st Kraus Lab Member! 
          Undergraduate Student, 1999-2002
          Associate Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University
        • Catherine Kim, M.D.
          Undergraduate Student, 2002-2003
        • Eugene Park, M.D.
          Undergraduate Student, 2006-2008
          Plastic Surgeon, Shriners Children's Hospital
        • Emily Reasor
          Undergraduate Student, 2004-2005
          Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
        • Marc Schwabish, Ph.D.
          Undergraduate Student, 1999-2002
          Chief Business Officer, Tectonic Therapeutic
        • Erwin Wang, M.D.
          Undergraduate Student, 2004
          Physician Advisor, NYU Langone Hospital
        • Ian Wang, Ph.D.
          Undergraduate Student, 2002-2003
          Associate Professor, UC Berkeley
        • Wendy Wang, M.D.
          Undergraduate Student, 2007-2010
          Hospital Resident, Yale School of Medicine
        • Matt Wettan, M.B.A.
          Undergraduate Student, 2002
          Accountant, Kweit, Mantell & DeLucia LLP
        • Christine Yang, M.D.
          Undergraduate Student, 2008-2010
          Pediatric Medicine Specialist, Maryland
        • Alla Zarifyan, M.S.
          Undergraduate, 1999-2001
          Marketing and Science Communications Lead, Self-Employed