Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Ekta Khurana, PhD


Principal Investigator

Ekta Khurana is an Assistant Professor of Computational Genomics at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is also the Associate Director of the Tri-Institutional PhD Program in Computational Biology & Medicine. Dr. Khurana's research expertise is in Computational Biology/Bioinformatics, Genomics, Cancer Genomics and Systems Biology.




Research Associates

Erica Duo Xu, PhD


Research Associate (June, 2018 - )







Postdoctoral Associates

Alexander Martinez Fundichely, PhD


Postdoctoral Associate (Jul, 2015 - )







Graduate Students

Andre Forbes


PhD Student, PBSB (Jan, 2017 - )

Andre Forbes is a PhD Candidate in the Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology (PBSB) graduate program.




Fanying Tang


PhD Student, BCMB (Sep, 2017 - )

Fanying Tang is a graduate student in the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) graduate program.




Austin Dixon


Graduate Student, MS-CB (May, 2020 - )

Austin Dixon is a graduate student in the MS in Computational Biology program. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. He previously worked at GENEWIZ LLC and worked at Rockefeller University (O'Donnell Lab).




Marjorie Roskes


PhD Student, Tri-I CBM (Jun, 2020 - )

Marjorie is a graduate student in the Tri-Institutional Computational PhD training program between Cornell University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Rockefeller University. Before Tri-I, as an undergraduate at Yeshiva University in a joint BA/MA program in mathematics, Marjorie majored in mathematics and minored in computer science. Since joining the Khurana Lab in June 2020, Marjorie uses mathematical modeling to build noninvasive approaches to detect and classify prostate cancer, using precision medicine to maximize likelihood of a favorable outcome in patients.




Yuqi Cheng


Graduate Student, MS-CB (Jan, 2021 - )

Yuqi Cheng is a graduate student in MS computational biology, Weill Cornell. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science and Data Science, CAU. His research interest in Single-cell ATAC-seq and RNA-seq analysis.




Medical Student

Ann Palladino


Medical Student (Sep, 2019 - )

Ann Palladino is a medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College (Class of 2023). She is interested in studying gene regulation and promoting diversity within the STEM fields.




Bioinformatics Associate

Nawaf A. Alomran


Bioinformatics Associate (Oct, 2020 - )

Nawaf is a Bioinformatics Associate currently working in the Khurana Lab. He received his Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He also holds a Master's degree in Bioinformatics from Georgetown University. He did his master internship from the George Washington College of Medicine.




Research Specialist

Sandra Cohen


Senior Research Specialist (Mar, 2019 - )

Sandra Cohen is a Senior Research Specialist at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCM). She worked as a Chemist at NCI,NIH and as a Research Scientist at NYU Department of Pathology. She also worked as a Senior Research Specialist at the WCM Meyer Cancer Center.




Research Technician

Tatiana Karadimitriou


Research Technician (Aug, 2020 - )

Tatiana recently graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied Health and Human Sciences. She is spending her research gap year in the Khurana Lab before pursuing an M.D. at USC's Keck School of Medicine in the Fall. She is passionate about cancer research and hopes to continue studying oncology throughout her career.




Former Members

Postdoctoral Associates
  • Priyanka Dhingra (Dec, 2014 - Jul, 2017). Current: Director of Bioinformatics and Strategic Innovation, Envisagenics, Inc. LinkedIn

  • Tuan Trieu (Jan, 2018 - Nov, 2019). Current: Senior Algorithms and Machine Learning Scientist, Walgreens Boot Alliance. LinkedIn

  • Tawny Cuykendall (Jan, 2016 - April, 2020). PubMed

Graduate Students
  • Eric Minwei Liu (Jan, 2016 - Jan, 2020). Current: Research Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center LinkedIn

Rotation/Visiting Students
  • Andrew Schaumberg, Tri-I CBM (Rotation student; Jun, 2015 - Nov, 2015)

  • Xiaotong Yao, Tri-I CBM (Rotation student; Jan, 2016 - May, 2016)

  • In Sub Mark Han, PBSB (Rotation student; Feb, 2016 - May, 2016)

  • Akram Hossain, NYMC (Research Intern; Jun, 2016 - Jul, 2016)

  • Matthew MacKay, Tri-I CBM (Rotation student; Jul, 2016 - Dec, 2016)

  • Chirag Krishna, Tri-I CBM (Rotation student; Jul, 2016 - Dec, 2016)

  • Cassandra Burziak, Tri-I CBM (Rotation student; Jul, 2016 - Dec, 2016)

  • Shana Bergman, PBSB (Rotation student; Sep, 2016 - Dec, 2016)

  • Rajesh Bollapragada (Computational Biology Summer Program student from Cornell, Ithaca; Jun, 2017 - Jul, 2017)

  • Stella Kim, PBSB (Rotation student; Jan, 2018 - Mar, 2018)

  • Madison Darmofal (Computational Biology Summer Program student from MIT; Jun, 2018 - Aug, 2018)

  • Aditi Dam (Summer intern from George W. Hewlett High School; Jul, 2018 - Aug, 2018)

  • Karen Lai Lin Chu, Pharmacology (Rotation student; Oct, 2018 - Nov, 2018)

  • Rafe Batchelor (Computational Biology Summer Program student from Bucknell University; Jun, 2019 - Aug, 2019)

  • Mikaela Matera-Vatnick (Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program student from Cornell, Ithaca; Jun, 2019 - Aug, 2019)

  • Shengyu Li (Duke University; Jun, 2019 - Aug, 2019)

  • Wanyi Chen, PBSB (Rotation student; Jan, 2020 - Mar, 2020)

  • Yajas Shah, PBSB (Rotation student; Jan, 2020 - Mar, 2020)

We are looking for graduate students and more outstanding postdocs to join the lab. Please see Jobs.