Local coworkers and trainees, past and present


Merlin PelzPhD StudentTBA (joint supervision with Michael Ward)
Liam YihPhD StudentBiophysics of virus-cell attachment
Shikun NiePhD StudentSingle molecule imaging and biophysics
Fatemeh SaghafifarPhD StudentTBA
Rituparna BanerjeePhD StudentTBA (joint supervision)
Jonah HallMSc StudentWithin-host virus modeling
Karan BainsMSc StudentTBA
Ashley AmbroseResearch associateMicroscopy and immune cell signaling (co-supervised by Prof. Michael Gold, UBC)


Graduate students
James Bailey, MSc Applied Math 2008 T cell development; Amyloid clearance; Amyloid fibrillization.

James won the ACCELERATE BC 2007 Award of Excellence in Life Sciences for his project on amyloid fibrillization carried out jointly with Bruce Verchere's group at the BC Children's hospital.
Colleen Ball, MSc Applied Math 2006 Understanding pathogen selection pressures at the within- and between- host levels.
Catherine Byrne, MSc Applied Math 2016Within-host modeling of HSV-1 dynamics and HIV coinfection. Now a PhD student.
Omer Dushek, PhD Applied Math 2008 T cell signaling; Immune synapse; T cell development; FRAP analysis. Omer started a postdoc with Anton van der Merwe at Oxford in January, 2009 was awarded a Newton International Fellowship, and is now a faculty member in pathology at Oxford.
Monica Delgado Carrillo, MSc Applied Math 2012Analysis of two-photon imaging in immunology. Next move: mathematics education in Guanajuato.
Alejandra Herrera Reyes, MSc 2012HIV dynamics. Now a PhD student.
Jennifer Hubbarde, MScVirus dynamics modeling.
Sarafa Iyaniwura, MSc Applied Math 2016Particle-based simulation. Now a PhD student.
Humeyra Kiyak, MScPhD student
Bernhard Konrad, PhD Applied Math 2015HIV and malaria epidemic dynamics and stochastic dynamics during early HIV infection. Now: Google.
Venu Kurella, MSc Applied Math 2011Asymptotic analysis of first passage time problems in biology (joint supervision with Michael Ward). Next: PhD at McMaster. Now: engineering firm in Ontario.
Jennifer Morrison, MSc Applied Math 2010Analysis of single particle tracking data. Now: secondary education.
Sydney Pachmann, MSc Applied Math 2008Swimming in slime (motion of microorganisms in complex fluids). Moved on to Vista Projects in Calgary.
Daniel Woodsworth, MD-PhD Student Experimental and theoretical work on immunotherapy (supervised by Prof. Rob Holt, BCCA). Now doing the rest of his medical training.
Karen Simmons, PhD Student Experimental and theoretical virology (supervised by Prof. Soren Gantt, CFRI)
Shaimaa Azoz, PhD 2018Stochastic modeling of viral infection (long-term visiting student). Now a lecturer at Assiut University, Egypt.
Alejandra Herrera-Reyes, PhD 2019Interpretation of fluorescence microscopy experiments on cell surface receptor dynamics with stochastic and deterministic mathematical models. Now heading to a postdoc with Gary Mirams at Nottingham.
Suzanne ten Hage, MSc Student from Maastricht University, 2021Two-colour particle-tracking microscopy (experiment and analysis)
Joshua Scurll, PhD 2021Cell signaling in cancer; clustering analyses. Now a postdoc at the prostate centre in Vancouver
Sarafa Iyaniwura, PhD 2021Closest point method and passage time analysis (joint supervision with Prof. Colin MacDonald and Prof. Michael Ward). Now a postdoc at Los Alamos National Lab.
Rebeca Cardim Falcao, PhD 2021Particle tracking analysis and epidemiology. Now a postdoc at BCCDC with Michael Otterstatter and others.
Catherine Byrne, PhD 2022Immuno-virus modeling (joint supervision with Prof. Soren Gantt, CFRI). Now a postdoc with Josh Schiffer et al at Fred Hutch.
Navjot Virk, MSc 2022Epidemic modelling around Covid-19 vaccination
Samantha Bardwell, MSc 2022Modelling naloxone distribution and uptake in BC. Also Covid-19 modelling
Undergraduate Students
Adrian Cortes, BSc. NSERC USRA 2006 Analysis of single particle tracking data. Adrian subsequently did his master's in bioinformatics at UBC and has then moved on to a PhD, also in bioinformatics.
Isaac Holloway, BSc. NSERC USRA 2004 Models for antigen presentation.
Gurpreet Khaira, BSc. Honours Integrated Science 2008T and NK cell response to tumours. Gurpreet moved on to medical school after this.
Disha Mehta, BSc. Honours Biophysics 2007 Dynamics of viral infections at the single cell level. Disha subsequently went to UBC medical school.
Jared Simpson, BSc. RA 2006-2007 Software for studying intracellular signaling. Jared moved on to a PhD program in computational biology, did rather well and is now at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.
Mani Hamidi, BSc. RA 2009 Computational study of multi-strain pathogen dynamics in host networks.
Eric Foxall, Undergrad RA 2009Software for single particle tracking analysis. Next: master's and PhD in mathematics at U Vic.
Joel Fox, BSc. Honours Biophysics 2010B cell signaling. Next: UBC Medical School
Ian Zhu, USRA 2014Models of mosquito and malaria control. Next: PhD student in Engineering at U. of Toronto.
Brian Irwin, USRA 2015Single particle microscopy
Rachel Stiyer USRA 2015Particle-based simulation of calcium dynamics in the heart.
Ki-Woong Sung USRA 2015Interpretation of clustering data from super-resolution microscopy.
David Kong Honours biophysics thesis 2016Single particle tracking analysis. Next: MSc student in Applied Math at UBC.
David Zheng USRA 2016Algorithms for detecting and characterizing particle clustering in super-resolution microscopy
Darius Muglich USRA 2017Neural networks and emulation of complex models (main supervisor was Mike Irvine)
Rhys Chappell USRA 2016Analysis of single particle microscopy
Tommi Muller, USRA 2017+2018Analysis of single particle microscopy
Brendan Tankwa, Summer 2017Calcium dynamics, and FRAP
Daphne Nesenberend, Visiting student, Fall 2017Infectious disease epidemiology in Vancouver
Aahana Kanyal, USRA 2020Modelling coronavirus transmission in structured populations
Arpan Grover, USRA 2020 Assessing methods for microscopic particle trajectory classification
David Bromley, USRA 2020 Simulation and fitting of B cell receptor mobility and clustering
Harvir Bhattal COVID ascertainment in British Columbia
Postdoctoral fellows
Raibatak Das, PhD Amyloid clearance; Single-particle-tracking; FRAP analysis; B cell signaling. Now: Senior scientist, Applied Biomathematics, Boston.
Jessica Conway, PhDHIV and influenza models (within-host and epidemic). Next move: Los Alamos National Lab, Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group. Now: tenure track faculty at Penn State.
Yana Nec, PhDAnalysis of reaction-diffusion systems. Now: CRC at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops
Stewart Chang, PhD. Antigen processing and presentation. HIV modeling. Next move: University of Washington, Bioinformatics. Now: Institute for Disease Modeling, Seattle
Mike Irvine, PhDHIV epidemiology in Vancouver and modelling responses to the opioid overdose epidemic. Next: BC Children's Hospital. Then: back to BCCDC.
Claire Guerrier, PhDModeling neural activity in-vivo. Next: Faculty position in Nice
Libin Abraham, PhDSingle particle microscopy and B cell signaling (co-supervised by Prof. Michael Gold, UBC). Next: Notch Therapeutics.

Daniel Coombs / Department of Mathematics / University of British Columbia