Principal Investigator

Jason Ernst
Assistant Professor
Email: jason.ernst at ucla dot edu
Bio: Jason joined the faculty at UCLA in the Department of Biological Chemistry, the Computer Science Department, and the Bioinformatics Program in 2012. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Manolis Kellis' Computational Biology Group in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT and affiliated with the Broad Institute. In 2008, Jason completed a PhD advised by Ziv Bar-Joseph where he was part of the Systems Biology Group, 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 is a member of the editorial board at Genome Research and has been a program co-chair for the ISMB Regulatory Genomics Special Interest Group (RegGenSIG) meeting. He is a recipient of a Sloan Fellowship, NSF Career Award, NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Siebel Scholarship, and a Goldwater Scholarship.

PhD Students

Petko Fiziev
PhD student in Bioinformatics

Artur Jaroszewicz
PhD student in Bioinformatics

Adriana Sperlea
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

Undergraduate Students

Deven Agrawal - Computer Science and Cognitive Science
Heather Han - Bruin in Genomics Program
Timothy Fisher - Bruin in Genomics Program


Olivera Grujic - PhD in Computer Science

Previous Group Members

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

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

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 Winter 2016 - Topanga Hike