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Iddo Friedberg, PhD
Position: Associate Professor, Principal Investigator

Description: I am an Associate Professor at the department of Veterinary Microbiology & Preventive Medicine at Iowa State University. I am interested in large scale analyses of protein sequence, structure and function connections, genome evolution, metagenome analysis and computational protein function prediction. I am leading CAFA, the Critical Assessment of Function Annotations, a global community effort to improve our ability to predict protein function from sequence.

In my spare time (ha!) I enjoy long distance running, old 70's cop shows, zombie flicks, and embarrassing my kids.

Xiao Hu, PhD
Position: Postdoctoral Associate

Description: My interests include genomics, comparative genomics, Pan-genome, Metagenomics, phylogenetics, bioinformatics tools design, big data analysis and application of machine learning in biology. My current research involves metagenomic analysis pipeline design and operon prediction. I hope to find regulatory gene networks that can help us to better understand microbial evolution.

In my spare time, I like to watch and play football (==soccer).

Ataur Katebi
Position:Postdoctoral Associate


Huy Nguyen
Position:Rotation Student


Md-Nafiz Hamid
Position:Rotation Student

Description: I am a PhD Student in the Friedberg Lab. My research interests include genomics, bacteriocins, application of machine learning in bioinformatics and contributing to the open source community (check out my GSOC 2015 project). My current research involves finding new bacteriocins through context genes - genes that are proximal to bacteriocins, and have shown to be largely conserved across species. Python is by far my favorite language though Arabic and Scheme come in as a strong second. I also have a deep interest in programming languages and how they work (in an alternate universe, I am doing a PhD in that). I really like to travel. I have visited almost every significant place in my home country, Bangladesh. Now that I am in US, I have already visited 5 states within one and a half years. I love reading books, watching MacGyver and Chlesea's matches during weekends. But when I am online, mostly I am reading hacker news. You can check out my blog too.

David Ream
Position: PhD Candidate

Description: I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Friedberg lab. My interests include operon evolution, functional prediction, and computation in a biological setting. My current research involves the evolution of gene clusters in general, and operons specifically. As I move further with this problem it has become plain to me that my research reduces to studying the incredible plasticity of microbial genomes, and the forces that locally constrain this plasticity.

If i am not in the lab you can find me watching Zombie movies, but not Vampire movies. I am in the process of building a space ship with an HD camera in it with GPS tracking. I would rather be at the beach. I also enjoy ripping my car apart, putting it back together, and repeating the process.

Friedberg Lab, May 2016:
Friedberg Lab 2016

Lab alumni:

  • Jake Gregg: Amazon.com Seattle, WA
  • Ashwani Kumar: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, TX
  • James Morton: University of California, San Diego, CA
  • Andrew Oberlin: Amazon.com, Seattle WA
  • Asma Riyaz: Broad Institute, Boston, MA
  • Rajeswari Swaminathan: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH
  • Alexander Thorman: University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, OH