Principal Investigator

Jason Ernst
Associate Professor
Email: jason.ernst at ucla dot edu
Bio: Jason Ernst is an Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry and Computer Science at UCLA. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, he was a postdoctoral fellow with Manolis Kellis in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory MIT and affiliated with the Broad Institute. In 2008, Jason completed a PhD advised by Ziv Bar-Joseph in the Machine Learning Department and School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Jason also earned BS degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Maryland College Park. He has developed a number of widely used bioinformatics methods and software include ChromHMM for chromatin state modeling and genome annotation and STEM and DREM for the analysis of time series gene expression data. He is a member of the editorial board at Genome Research and has been a program co-chair for the Regulatory Genomics Special Interest Group meeting at ISMB. He is a recipient of a NIH-Avenir Award, NSF CAREER Award, and a Sloan Fellowship.


Artur Jaroszewicz
PhD in Bioinformatics, UCLA

PhD Students

Adriana Arneson
PhD student in Bioinformatics

Shan Sabri
PhD student in Bioinformatics
Co-advised by Kathrin Plath

Jennifer Zou
PhD student in Computer Science
Co-advised by Eleazar Eskin

Tevfik Dincer
PhD student in Bioinformatics

Soo Bin Kwon
PhD student in Bioinformatics

Ha Vu
PhD student in Bioinformatics

Aaron Zhou
PhD student in Computer Science

Undergraduate Students

Runjia Li - Computer Science
Grace Casarez - Bruin in Genomics Program
Rebecca Castillo - Bruin in Genomics Program
Trevor Ridgley - Bruin in Genomics Program
Jeremy Wang - Bruin in Genomics Program

Previous Group Members

PhD Students

Petko Fiziev, 2012-2018 - now at Illumina Artificial Intelligence Lab


Olivera Grujic - 2015-2018

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellows

Pasquale Laise - Visting from European Institute of Oncology, 2016

PhD Rotation students

Zhicheng Pan - Bioinformatics, Winter 2016
Christopher Robles - Genetics and Genomics, Winter 2016
Xiaorui Fan - Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology, Winter 2016
Kai Fu - Bioinformatics, Spring 2014
Ashley Cass - Bioinformatics, Winter 2013

Masters students

Angela Chen - Computer Science, 2017-2018
Yuju Lee - Computer Science, 2013-2014
Natalie Davidson - Computer Science 2012-2013, Now in the Tri-Institutional Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology and Medicine

Undergraduate students

Jennifer Chien - Bruin in Genomics Program, 2018
Brooke Felsheim - Bruin in Genomics Program, 2018
Deven Agrawal - Computer Science and Cognitive Science, 2017
Timothy Fisher - Bruin in Genomics Program, 2017
Heather Han - Bruin in Genomics Program, 2017
Scott De Taboada - Bruin in Genomics Program, 2016
Ashish Gauli - Bruin Genomics Program, 2016
Earle Aguilar - Computer Science and Bruins in Genomics Program, 2015
Vileena Koneru - Computational and Systems Biology, 2015
Hana Wasserman - Bruins in Genomics Program, 2015
Jack Lu - UCLA CSST Program, 2014
Sam Chuang - Computer Science, 2012-2014

Group Photos

Lab Photo Fall 2018 - Griffith Park Hike

Lab Photo Fall 2017 - Rustic Canyon Hike

Lab Photo Fall 2016 - Cathedral Rock Hike

Lab Photo Winter 2016 - Topanga Hike