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Susanne Gibboney

Susanne graduated in 1992 from Georgia State University with a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She did research there in Walter Walthall's lab, working to map genes important for neuromuscular control in nematode worms. After managing a retail store for thirty years, she is excited to be back in biology and working on tunicates. When she is not working she enjoys traveling, playing music, and collecting sea shells.


Elijah Lowe

Elijah is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Morehouse College. Through his participation in summer research programs he discovered his interest in combining his computational skillset with biology. He then went on to receive a PhD from Michigan State University in Computer Science focusing on computational biology and evolution and development. Following the PhD, Elijah worked for 3 years in Naples, Italy as postdoctoral researcher at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn. Outside of research Elijah enjoys traveling, watching/quoting movies, and loves food.


Sarthak Sharma

Sarthak is currently pursuing a MS in Bioinformatics at Georgia Tech. He obtained his Bachelor of Technology (BTech), majoring in Biotechnology, from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati in July of 2017. He is a curious learner with interests in various interdisciplinary fields, in particular those at the nexus of computer science and biology. His aim is to explore the applications of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Biology. He has been working in the lab since September 2017, using Machine Learning applications to analyze large datasets of gene expression in single cells from the Tunicate nervous system. His arsenal of programming languages consists of Python and R, among many others (but Python is his true love). He likes automating things and is fascinated by robotics, playing around with arduinos whenever he finds time. When he is not working in lab or struggling to fulfill his academic commitments, he is either at the gym or playing soccer (read, watching Netflix *wink-wink*). To know more about his past projects and experiences, head over to his website.


Alberto Stolfi

Alberto was born in California, where he spent his childhood before moving to Brazil. He did his undergrad at Cornell University and his PhD in molecular and cell biology at Berkeley under the supervision of Mike Levine. He comes to Tech from New York University, where he was a postdoc in Lionel Christiaen's lab. Alberto enjoys spending time with family, writing and playing music, and suffering with his hometown Oakland A's baseball team.

How to join

We are accepting graduate students! If you want to join the lab as a grad student, please apply to Georgia Tech graduate programs associated with us:

Ph.D in Biology

Ph.D in Quantitative Biosciences

Ph.D in Bioinformatics

MS in Bioinformatics

If you are interested in postdoctoral opportunities with our group, please send us an e-mail to discuss ideas and plans. We'd love to hear from you!

We are not actively seeking support staff or undergraduate researchers at this moment. Sorry! Please check back for future openings.

email us at: hi “at” tunicates “dot” org