Carnegie Mellon University
Graduate Career Paths

Career paths of M.S. in Computational Biology graduates have led to research, teaching, and administrative positions at renowned academic institutions. Graduates are also leaders in industry and government. The median starting salary of a biology major is $38,800 according to US News and World ReportAccording to exit survey data, the median starting salary of MSCB alumni is $90,000 for alumni not entering Ph.D. programs.

Apurva Anand
First position after graduation: Software Engineer, INTL FCStone

Christine Baek
First position after graduation: Machine Learning Engineer, Mixpanel

Dan Cao
First position after graduation: Software Engineer, Indeed.com

Qi Chu
First position after graduation: Snap Inc.

Chaohao Gu
First position after graduation: Ph.D. program at Baylor University

Priyanka Jayaram Reddy Raja
First position after graduation: Awaiting update

Hannah Kim
First position after graduation: Bioinformatics Analyst/Software Engineer, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Yanyu Liang
First position after graduation: Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago

Xin Lu
First position after graduation: Research Programmer, Carnegie Mellon University

Yue Lu
First position after graduation: Robinhood

Timothy Majarian
First position after graduation: Broad Institute

Mao Mao
First position after graduation: Roche Sequencing Solutions

Jingzhi Pang
First position after graduation: Agile Secure Data Exchange

Soyeon Roh
First position after graduation: Kakao Corp.

Ge Song
First position after graduation: Appboy

Qingyuan Song
First position after graduation: Ph.D. program at Dartmouth College

Xupeng Tong
First position after graduation: Agile Secure Data Exchange

Linhua Wang
First position after graduation: Bioinformatician, Mount Sinai Health System

Siwei Xie
First position after graduation: Software Engineer, Ancestry

Chao-Ming Yen
First position after graduation: Awaiting update

Sheng Yuan
First position after graduation: Software Development Engineer at Amazon

Yiwei Zhao
First position after graduation: Awaiting update

Raghunandan Avula
First position after graduation: Software Developer, University of Pittsburgh - Department of Biomedical Informatics

Charlotte Darby
Classifying Horizontal Gene Transfer: Steps Toward a Xenolog Conjecture
Advisor: Dannie Durand, Ph.D.
First position after graduation: Ph.D. Student at Johns Hopkins University, Computer Science Program

Rene Francolini
Analysis of ChIP-Seq data to Determine Functional Uses of Primary and Secondary Tbrain Motifs
Advisor: Veronica Hinman, Ph.D.
First position after graduation: Research Assistant II at Woods Hole

Faisal Baqai
First position after graduation: Research Associate in Computational Neuroscience, CNBC - CMU

Zhishen Cao
First position after graduation: Bioinformatician, Magee Women's Research Instititute, University of Pittsburgh

Ting-Wei Chang
First position after graduation: Awaiting update

Ge Huang
First position after graduation: Ph.D. Student at Carnegie Mellon University, CNBC Neural Computation Program

Linglin Huang
Analyze Brain Gene Coexpression Patterns Using Prior-knowledge-assisted Community Detection
Advisor: Kathryn Roeder, Ph.D.
First position after graduation: Ph.D. Student at Harvard University, Biostatistics Program

Xinran Li
First position after graduation: Software Engineer, Electronic Arts

Bangrui Liu
First position after graduation: Software Development Engineer, Amazon Web Services Deep Learning

Adam Scarlat
First position after graduation: Software Engineer, Allscripts

Qian Wan
First position after graduation: Bioinformatics Scientist, Affymetrix

Chensu Xie
First position after graduation: Ph.D. Student at Weill Cornell Medicine, Computational Biology and Medicine Program

Tingting Xu
First position after graduation: Scientific Computing Engineer, Emerald Therapeutics

Yifan Xue
Multidomain Protein Evolution Simulator
Advisor: Dannie Durand, Ph.D.
First position after graduation: Ph.D. Student at University of Pittsburgh, Biomedical Informatics Program

Yilei Cai
First position after graduation: Applications Developer, Third Wave Systems, Minneapolis, MN

Yang Choo
First position after graduation: Bioengineer, Transcriptic

Rachel Ehrlich
First position after graduation: Bioinformatics Programmer, Drexel University

Siddharth Gurdasani
First position after graduation: Software Development Engineer in Test, OpenX

Shalyn Guthery
First position after graduation: Research Assistant, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa

Alexander Kilbo
First position after graduation: Bioinformatics Scientist, Amyris Biotechnologies

Luigi Leung
First position after graduation: Works at Ambry Genetics

Lina Li
First position after graduation: Financial Technology Analyst, Citadel, LLC

Wenzhu Liu
First position after graduation: UX Designer at Peekabuy, Inc.

Xinyu Miao
First position after graduation: Software Engineer, DAQRI

Easwaran Ramamurthy
First position after graduation: Software Engineer, Ancestry.com

Patrick Ropp
First position after graduation: Product Support Specialist, Helomics

Yi Shi
First position after graduation: Web Engineer, Aetna

Naina Thangaraj
First position after graduation: Bioinformatician, DNAnexus

Marcus Thomas
First position after graduation: Ph.D. Student, CMU-Pitt Computational Biology Program

Jacob Waldman
First position after graduation: Software Developer, University of Pittsburgh - Department of Biomedical Informatics

Rui Xu
First position after graduation: Awaiting update

Benny Jacob
First position after graduation: Research Intern, Indian Institute of Science

Vineet Joshi
Current Position: Bioinformatics Scientist, Affymetrix
First position after graduation: Bioinformatics Programmer, Eureka Genomics, Hercules, CA

John Krill-Burger
First position after graduation: Computational Biologist, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Frank Lin
First position after graduation: Awaiting update

Bhushan Ramnani
First position after graduation: Software Developer, Ericcson

Yuxian Ruan
First position after graduation: Software Engineer, LinkedIn

Alan Shteyman
First position after graduation: Ph.D. Student in the Ph.D. in Biological Sciences Program at Carnegie Mellon University

Preeti Singh
Current position: Software Development Engineer, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
First position after graduation: Software Engineer, Dossia

Prateek Tandon
First position after graduation: Scientific Quality Engineer, QIAGEN, Redwood City, CA

Yajing Tang
First position after graduation: Software Engineer, Data Intensive Center, University of Chicago

Yiming Xin
First position after graduation: Software Engineer, Amazon.com

Stuti Agrawal
First position after graduation: Bioinformatician, Center for Data Intensive Science, University of Chicago


Jayscott Cardinal-Tahkine
Pyrrolysine-containing Methyltransferase Genes in Archaea & Bacteria

Advisor: Dannie Durand
First position after graduation: Ph.D. Student in the Ph.D. in Biological Sciences Program at Carnegie Mellon University

Sheila Chandran
Current position: Associate Computational Biologist, Broad Institute
First position after graduation: Biotech Product Manager, EpiVax, Providence, RI

Sunguk Choi
First position after graduation: Senior Associate, Machine Learning Scientist, BNY Mellon

Sonia Chothani
Current position: Bioiinformatician, Genome Institute of Singapore
First position after graduation: Associate Research Engineer, Philips Research

Divya Kagoo
First position after graduation: Awaiting update

Sirisha Penumetcha
First position after graduation: Awaiting update

Barbara Sanchez-Neri
First position after graduation: Awaiting update

Max Tomlinson
First position after graduation: Bioinformatician in the Dudley Lab at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai, New York, NY.

Nitesh Turaga
Current position: Software Engineer, Galaxy Project, Baltimore, MD
First position after graduation: Data Analyst, Johns Hopkins University

Yue Yu

First position after graduation: Data Scientist, BloomReach

Lingxue Zhang
First position after graduation: Awaiting update

David Zhou
Current position: Clinical Research Coordinator, Massachusetts General Hospital
First position after graduation: Volunteer, TICU unit at UPMC

Akanksha Bhardwaj

First Position after graduation: Data Scientist, Google, Austin, TX (previously Adometry)

David Hamilton
Current position: Software Engineer, Nanigans, Boston, MA

First position after graduation: Software Development Engineer, Microsoft

Yutong Li

First position after graduation: Software Quality Engineer, Microstrategy

Collin McCormack

Simulating Multidomain Evolution

Advisor: Dannie Durand, Ph.D.
Current position: Lead Data Scientist, Boeing
First position after graduation: Programmer/Analyst II, Boeing

Songdet Nillasithanukroh

First position after graduation: Software Engineer, TripAdvisor, Boston, MA

Jinxue Zhou

First position after graduation: Software Engineer, NetApp, Durham, NC

Anish Chakka

First position after graduation: Systems Level Programmer, Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh

Naveen Chandramohan

Current position: Co-founder, Heragen
First position after graduation: Bioinformatics Software Developer, Sequencing Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Philip Davidson

A Method for Identifying Conformational Sub-states in Monte Carlo Simulations of Proteins with Applications to Decoy Detection and the Analysis of Conformational Landscapes

First position after graduation: Student in the Ph.D. in Biological Sciences Program at Carnegie Mellon University

Xian Feng

Visualizing Virus Self-assembly Simulation with GPU Acceleration

Advisor: Russell S. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Current position: Graduate Student, Tufts University

First position after graduation: Research Programmer, Dr. Russell Schwartz's Lab, Carnegie Mellon University

William Foran

First position after graduation: Data Coordinator/Analyst at Neurocognitive Development Lab, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Ajay Harikrishna

First position after graduation: Application Developer II, SDLC Partners

Walter J. Lewis

Modeling Gene Expression: Understanding the Effects of Transcription Factor Binding Site Arrangement on Gene Expression in the Sea Star

Advisor: Veronica Hinman, Ph.D.
First position after graduation: Student Advocate and Program Manager, Homewood Children's Village, Pittsburgh PA

Jesse Stokum

Functional Network Connectivity in Patients with Left Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Advisors: William H. Theodore, M.D. and William D. Gaillard, M.D., NIH

First position after graduation: Graduate Student, M.D./Ph.D. Program at the University of Maryland

Sriram Venugopal

First position after graduation: Software Development Engineer, Amazon

Jorge A. Vendries Algarin
First position after graduation: Awaiting update

Jeya Balaji Balasubramanian
Current position: Systems Programmer, Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh

James Dang
First position after graduation: AVP and Software Developer, Barclays Capital, Singapore

Vardhan Dharnidharka

First position after graduation: Financial Software Developer, Bloomberg LP

Swetha Garimalla

First position after graduation: Bioinformatics Specialist, University of Arkansas

Rupinder Khandpur

Fast Parameter Synthesis in Agent-based Models Using Abstraction Refinement

Advisor: Christopher J. Langmead, Ph.D.
Current position: Ph.D. Student, CS, Virginia Tech, Arlington, VA

First position after graduation: Research Programmer, Dr. Russell Schwartz's Lab, Carnegie Mellon University

Cheng-Neng Ko
Current position: Senior Software Developer, Bloomberg LP

First position after graduation: Senior IT analyst, Bloomberg LP

Soumya Luthra

First position after graduation: Bioinformatics Analyst, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Center

Senthilkumar Muthiah
The Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Dynamics of Self-Assembly Systems

Advisors: Russell S. Schwartz, Ph.D. and Markus Deserno, Ph.D.
First position after graduation: Ph.D. Student, Rutgers University

Shannon Quinn

Waldo: A Framework for Inferring Protein Location as a Function of Condition

Advisor: Robert F. Murphy, Ph.D.

First position after graduation: Student in the Ph.D. in Computational Biology Program, Carnegie Mellon/University of Pittsburgh
Arshi Arora
Current position: Assistant Research Biostatistician, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

First position after graduation: Health Sciences Fellow at the Faeder Lab, University of Pittsburgh

Ivan Cao-berg

First position after graduation: Senior Research Programmer, Ray and Stephanie Lane Center for Computational Biology, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Jen-Hao Cheng
First position after graduation: Research Assistant, Academia Sinica of Taiwan

Katherine D'Aco

Association Testing Using Local SNP Phylogenies

Advisor: Russell Schwartz
Current position: Bioinformatics Scientist III, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA
First position after graduation: Research Associate, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Joshua Earl

First position after graduation: Director of Bioinformatics, Center for Genomic Studies, Allegheny General Hospital
Current Position: Research Instructor, Drexel Genomics Institute

Donghun Lee

First position after graduation: Ph.D. Student, Computer Science, Princeton University

Yaw Nti-Addae

Inferring Gene Interactions in Lung and Breast Cancers Through Gene Regulatory Networks Assisted by Prior Knowledge

Advisor: Russell Schwartz

Current position: Computational Biologist, Dow Agrosciences
First position after graduation: Scientific Analyst, Dow AgroSciences

Vamsee Pillalamarri
Current Position: Works at Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachussetts General Hospital and Harvard University

Balamuruganand Selvaraj

First position after graduation: Computational Biology Analyst, Flybase Group, Indiana University in Bloomington

Irtisha Singh

Systems and Structural Biology in HIV-1 Drug Discovery

Advisor: Judith Klein Seetharaman
Current position: Ph.D. Student, Cornell University

First position after graduation: Software Engineer, University of Pittsburgh DBMI

Rohini Sinha
Current position: Senior Programmer Analyst, Columbia University, New York, NY

First position after graduation: Programmer Analyst, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Gregory Smith

First position after graduation: Candidate in the Ph.D. in Biological Sciences Program at Carnegie Mellon University

Shreedharan Sriram
Current position: Lead Analyst, Genomics R&D, Dow Agrosciences

First position after graduation: Computational Biologist, Dow Agrosciences

Arpit Tandon

Numerical Modeling of the Immune Cell Deformation Caused by the Anti-cancer Compound Paclitaxel

Advisor: Ivan Viktorovich Maly, University of Pittsburgh
First position after graduation: Bioinformatics Analyst, Human Genome Sequencing Center-Baylor College of Medicine (HGSC-BCM)
Lindy Briggs
First position after graduation: Awaiting update

Jessica McGillen

Differential Equations Modeling of Long-term HIV Infection in Untreated Patients
Advisor: Shlomo Ta'asan

First position after graduation: Ph.D. Student, Oxford University

Yongjin Park

Gene Expression Analyses by Statistical Learning Methods

Advisor: Russell S. Schwartz
First position after graduation: Ph.D. student, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Dmitriy Patek
First position after graduation: Works at Sumitomo Bank

Ayush Raman
Current position: Graduate Student, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

First position after graduation: Statistician, UPMC
Aaron Huttner
First position after graduation: Awaiting update

Robert Montgomery
Current position: Software Engineer, Precision Therapeutics

First position after graduation: Bioinformatics Engineer, J Craig Ventner Institute
Amina Abdullah
First position after graduation: Software Developer, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs

Jacob Joseph

First position after graduation: Candidate in the Ph.D. in Computational Biology Program at Carnegie Mellon/University of Pittsburgh

Aly Khan

First position after graduation: Ph.D. Student, Computational Biology, Columbia University

Prateek Kumar
Current position: Consultant, National Cancer Institute Bioinformatics

First position after graduation: Applications Engineer, J. Craig Venter Institute

Bormi Shin
First position after graduation: Masters Program in CMU Heinz School

Swapnil Upganlawar
First position after graduation: Software Developer
Ka-Young An
Current Position: Researcher, Marcogen, Seoul, Korea
First position after graduation: Student in PhD program in UNJDDM

Akshay Lalla
Current position: Sales Management Advisor, IBM, India

First position after graduation: Senior Consultant, Celerant Consulting

Peter M. Zullo
Current position: Sales Manager, SMA Solar Technology, Sacramento, CA
First position after graduation: Consultant, IDBS (received MBA from Cornell University)
Neil Christopher
Current Position: University of Maryland

Alexander Mandel
First position after graduation: Works at Microsoft

Kiran Raju Penumacha
Current position: Founder & CEO, Greene Robotics
First position after graduation: Management Trainee, Pitney Bowes

Joyce Wei
First position after graduation: Immunetrics
Akira Hasegawa
First position after graduation: Awaiting update

Edward Roques
First position after graduation: Awaiting update