Meet the Team

Jonathan Göke (PI)

portrait_small_websiteJonathan is a group leader at the Genome Institute of Singapore, Adjunct Principal Investigator at the National Cancer Centre Singapore, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Statistics and Data Science at the National University of 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). His current work focuses on the development of computational methods for third generation long read RNA-Sequencing.

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.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Chen Ying

chen_yingChen 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.

Naruemon Pratanwanich

ploy_elephantPloy is a postdoctoral fellow working on machine learning for Nanopore sequencing data. Since 2017, she has been a lecturer in Faculty of Science at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand after receiving her PhD in Computer Science from Cambridge University, UK. During her PhD studies, she also joined an internship program at EBI, UK.

Research interests:  Machine learning, Bayesian deep learning, Probabilistic modelling.
What’s your favourite Singapore food? Of course, chicken rice
What’s your favourite travel destination? 
South Africa

Andre Sim

Andre SimAndre Sim is a postdoctoral fellow working on using long-read sequencing for transcriptomics. He received a Bachelor’s with Honours at Massey University (New Zealand), and a PhD from Phillips Universität (Germany), through the Max Planck Graduate School.

Research interests:  Long Read Sequencing, Transcriptomics, Alternate Splicing
What’s your favourite Singapore food? Mala Hotpot
What’s your favourite travel destination?
 Osaka, Japan. Amazing food, so many lights, and so close to many other great destinations like Kyoto and Nara.
Favourite Singapore thing to do? Eat! After coming from Germany (don’t tell Jonathan I said this), I was blown away by the amazing variety of tasty (and cheap!) food Singapore has to offer.

PhD students

Christopher Hendra

Christopher Hendra

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

Yuk Kei Wan

Yuk Kei Wan

Yuk Kei is a PhD student at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS) doing her research project at GIS. Yuk Kei graduated with an M.S. in Bioinformatics from Johns Hopkins University (USA) and a B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Michigan State University (USA).

Research interests:Transcriptomics, RNA biology, machine learning
What’s your favorite Singapore food? Hakka noodle
What’s your favorite Singapore destination?  The Singapore Botanic Gardens! I get to see so many dogs, monitor lizards, and chickens at the Botanic Gardens every weekend! I saw an otter family twice too!

Visiting Students

Laura Wratten


Laura is undertaking a 6-month internship in the Goke Lab developing Nextflow pipelines for the analysis of Oxford Nanopore sequencing data. She is completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) majoring in Bioinformatics at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Research interests: Microbiomics (especially of humans and the built environment), third generation sequencing technologies, precision medicine, machine learning.What’s your favorite Singapore food? Mala! I also love ice cream in bread.
What’s your favorite travel destination? Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, has the most stunning scenery from Summer through Autumn. I highly recommend renting a car and hiking, mountain climbing and camping your way through the national parks!

Lab Alumni

Deniz Demircioglu (PhD)


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.

Christine Eng

Christine_squareChristine 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.

Jiayi Bao


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 Cukuroglu

engin_squareEngin 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 Kindermans


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.

Chloe Yap


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)

Team 2020
2020:  Jonathan Goeke, Andre Sim, Christopher Hendra, Chen Ying, Ploy Naruemon Pratanwanich (not shown: Keith Yeo and Joseph Lee)
2019: Laura Wratten, Ploy Pratanwanich, Chen Ying, Jonathan Goeke, Christopher Hendra
2018: Sophie Zhi-Lin Pan, Ploy Naruemon Pratanwanich, Chris Pang, Jonathan Goeke, Chen Ying, Deniz Demircioglu, Christine Eng, Christopher Hendra
2017: Jiayi Bao, Christine Eng, Deniz Demircioglu, Jonathan Göke, Engin Cukuroglu
2016: Chloe Yap, Engin Cukuroglu, Deniz Demircioglu, Talal Bin Amin, Jonathan Göke
2015: Engin Cukuroglu, Lam-Ha Ly, Jonathan Göke, Talal Bin Amin