Meet the Team
We love science, fun, and a little bit of craziness
2018: Sophie Zhi-Lin Pan, Ploy Naruemon Pratanwanich, Chris Pang, Jonathan Goeke, Chen Ying, Deniz Demircioglu, Christine Eng, Christopher Hendra
Jonathan Göke (PI)
Jonathan is a principal investigator at the Genome Institute of Singapore and the National Cancer Center Singapore. He received his PhD in Bioinformatics from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin. Jonathan has studied at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Sheffield University (UK), and Stanford University (USA).
Research interests: Third Generation Transcriptomics, alternative splicing, lncRNAs, cancer genomics, machine learning (see here for an overview).
What’s your favorite Singapore food? Laksa
What’s your favorite travel destination? The tea plantations in Cameron Highlands in Malaysia are my favorite getaway for a long weekend. Great hiking in the rainforest and hot steamboat during cold evenings in the mountains.
Christine is a postdoctoral fellow working on machine learning on cancer genomics and clinical data. She received her PhD in Bioinformatics from the National University of Singapore, where she has also earned her Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences.
Research interests: Machine learning, data mining
What’s your favourite Singapore food? Prata
What’s your favourite travel destination? Iceland. It has this desolate beauty that makes you feel like you’re in another world.
Chen Ying is a postdoctoral fellow working on statistical genomics and transcriptomics using Oxford Nanopore sequencing technologies. Chen Ying has a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from the National University of Singapore, and a PhD from the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at NUS.
Research interests: Biostatistics, data analytics, statistical genomics and cancer research
What’s your favourite Singapore food? Chicken rice
What’s your favourite travel destination? Chongqing and Chengdu. Both are the paradise of food, especially spicy food. You can never stop eating in these two places.
Deniz is a Computer Science PhD student at the National University of Singapore doing his research project at GIS. Deniz graduated with a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Koç University in Istanbul (Turkey). He had his bachelor degree of Computer Science from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara (Turkey).
Research interests: Transcriptomics, alternative splicing, alternative promoters.
What’s your favorite Singapore food? Hokkien Prawn Mee
What’s your favorite travel destination? Angkor Wat in Cambodia is my favorite travel destination (so far). Incredible food, stunning nature, amazing architecture and a rich history all in one place.
Christopher is a PhD student at the Institute of Data Science in the National University of Singapore (NUS) working on both at NUS (with Alexandre Thiery) and at GIS. Christopher graduated in 2018 from NUS, with a B.Sc degree in Applied Mathematics and minor in Computer Science.
Research interests: Transcriptomics, machine learning, data mining, statistics
What’s your favorite Singapore food? Char Siew Rice
What’s your favorite travel destination? Sumba Island (East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia). It’s a natural beauty with a strange feel of peace and isolation. These are often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of our metropolitan lives
I am a student from University of British Columbia, doing my internship in the Göke Lab in 2017. I am currently pursuing my BS in computer science and mathematics. It is extremely exciting for me to uncover and interpret the mysteries of life using bioinformatics.
Research interests: Machine learning
What’s your favorite Singapore food? Chilli Crab, best seafood dish! 😀
What’s your favorite travel destination? Bali. Absolutely beautiful!!!
Engin is a postdoctoral fellow working with large scale transcriptomics data. He received his PhD and MSc in Computational Sciences and Engineering, BSc in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Koc University in Istanbul. He did research internships at the Copenhagen University in Denmark and at the National Cancer Institute at Frederic.
Research interests: Data mining, big data, transcriptomics, transposable elements, cancer genomics, machine learning, protein-protein interactions, protein structures
What’s your favourite Singapore food? Hokkien mee
What’s your favourite travel destination? Japan! It’s a perfect blend of culture and nature in Asia.
Martin is a French MSc student in executive engineering and biotechnology at MINES ParisTech Engineering School. He spent 6 months as R&D intern in solar energy forecasting in La Reunion and is currently completing his gap year with a 6-month internship in Jonathan Göke’s team.
Research interests: Machine learning, alternative splicing
Favourite Asian food: Phad Thai
Favourite travel destination: The Perhentian Islands in Malaysia are the perfect spot for snorkeling and discovering the amazing aquatic wildlife during a 3-day week-end.
I’m an Australian science-medicine student, interning in the Goke Lab for 6 months in 2016. I am fascinated by how we can extract so much information out of genomic data – what we are predisposed to, the effects of our environment, and even inferring the history of life itself! I enjoy trying to make my code look aesthetically pretty (to make up for its functional ugliness), nature walks, and you’ll often find me playing my cello, Charlie.
Favourite Singaporean food: Food-wise – it’s like choosing a favourite child, but for drinks – there’s no such things as too much teh halia.
Favourite travel destination: New Zealand’s South Island – the scenery is borderline ridiculous.
Florian Schmidt (visiting PhD student)
Lam-Ha Ly (Research Internship)