Anne-Ruxandra Carvunis, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computational and Systems Biology of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Born and raised in Paris, France, she received a BS in Biology/Biochemistry and a Masters in Molecular Neurosciences from Université Paris VI and the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris and a second Masters in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Life Sciences from Université Paris VII. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from Université de Grenoble in 2011, having done most of her graduate research work on the mechanisms and dynamics of protein interaction network evolution in the Center for Cancer Systems Biology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. After a brief postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Carvunis went on to study the evolution of transcriptional networks at the University of California, San Diego. She established an independent research group in Pittsburgh in December 2016 to study the molecular mechanisms of change and innovation in biological systems. Dr. Carvunis has received a number of distinctions including a Medal of honorable doctoral work, the national L’Oreal-Unesco Award for Women in Science and the Pathway to Independence Award from the NIH. CV  |   carvunis [at] gmail [dot] com.

Nelson Castilho Coelho is Senior Research Specialist in The Carvunis Lab. Born in Portugal, Nelson has an undergrad in Biochemistry and a Masters in Biotechnology both from University of Algarve. He first worked as research technician at the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMC) and then as lab manager/research technician at the Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR) in Portugal and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. Before joining The Carvunis Lab, he was working as research assistant at the Institute of Genetics and Development of Rennes (IGDR) in France. Nelson likes to dedicate his free time to photography, running and baking. nelsoncastilho [at] gmail [dot] com.

John Iannotta is a junior Molecular Biology major at the University of Pittsburgh. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in 2015. He has a passion for genetics, Pittsburgh, and pizza. jmi17 [at] pitt [dot] edu.

Andy MacWilliams is Laboratory Research Specialist. A musician by training, Andy has a passion for science, robotics and automation. a_macwilliams55 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Feng (Ryan) Shan is a rotation student from the Integrative Systems Biology program at the school of Medicine of the University of Pittsburh. He has a B.S. in Pharmacy from China Pharmaceutical University (2014) and an M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh (2016). shf43 [at] pitt [dot] edu.

Saurin Parikh is a graduate student at Pitt’s bioengineering department. Saurin has background in medicine and a passion for studying genetics and evolution. He is a medical technology enthusiast and interested in taking technologies from bench to bedside. He loves to travel, explore different cultures, go to museums, meet new people and take tons of pictures. website | dr.saurin.parikh [at] gmail [dot] com.


Former Group Members

Kate Karlovich spent the summer 2017 in The Carvunis Lab to discover what research on genetic evolution was all about while a rising junior in Chemistry at Ohio University. A Pittsburgh native, Kate graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in 2015. She is a captain and the Vice President of the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club at Ohio University. She works as a Supplemental Instruction Leader at Ohio University where she tutor underclassmen in general chemistry three times a week.  kk787014 [at] ohio [dot] edu.

Selin Sevgi studies Molecular Biology and Genetics at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey. She loves traveling and exploring new cultures and cuisines. She spent Summer 2017 in Pittsburgh to do an internship in The Carvunis Lab. ssevgi15 [at] ku [dot] edu [dot] tr.