Buffalo Institute for Genomics Welcomes New Staff

Published April 7, 2015

The Buffalo Institute for Genomics would like to welcome several new staff members coming on board in the first year of the BIG project.

“I am excited that the Buffalo Institute for Genomics was able to attract such talented people and look forward to their contributions to the project.”
Thomas Furlani, Interim Director
Buffalo Institute for Genomics

Tammy Wnuk:

Tammy Wnuk, has a BAS in Health and Human Services and an AAS in Office Administration and Information Processing.  Tammy has 15+ years of office management and training background.  She has several years of experience setting up new office environments including system and process improvement, and project management.  After working in Communications for a large local company, she gained strong skillsets in advertising and marketing developing collateral materials and designing marketing plans.  She is a project coordinator at the University at Buffalo, Institute for Health Informatics providing support to Dr. Peter Winklestein, MD, Executive Director and IHI staff.  


Daniel Rodman:

Daniel Rodman, program analyst for IHI, has spent his professional years architecting and developing technical solutions with a focus on data intensive applications. His expertise has been garnered through various professional experiences in different sectors including healthcare, finance, and real estate. Particular areas of interest include data analytics, statistics, software engineering / design methodologies, automation, and interface design. Daniel is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a degree in computer science. When not behind his computer, Daniel can be found playing ultimate Frisbee or enjoying the outdoors.


William Bell:

Bill began his career in information technology in the early 2000’s working on server hardware and operating systems in the IT consulting industry. He then moved into a position working at an internet search provider’s local datacenter which enabled him to hone his skills in enterprise computing environments. Bill began working with virtualization platforms, enterprise level domains, and information security. After taking a position with a locally owned industry leading business, he was able to further work on creating secure networks and virtualized infrastructures using industry standard guidelines and requirements. Bill is the System Administrator at the University at Buffalo, IHI.  


Christina Joshi:

Christina enjoys designing and creating software, as well as assisting users with their data needs.  She started her career at IBM and has worked the past few years as a Programmer/Analyst at Purchase College.  During this time, she gained experience writing code in various programming languages and working with various database management systems.  Her scholastic studies have included both the theoretical and practical aspects of computer science, as well as coursework in the biological and chemical sciences.  Christina has long held an interest in participating in research efforts and as an undergraduate earned a Sigma Xi Award for her work in the field of biochemistry.  Christina received her M.S. in Software Development from Marist College in 2012 and is now a Programmer/Data Analyst at the UB Institute for Healthcare Informatics.


Dr. Jianxin Wang:

Jianxin Wang Received his Ph.D. in molecular biology and M.Sc. in computer science in 2002, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Since his graduation, he served as a Bioinformatics Programmer/Analyst in the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) to provide bioinformatics support to the research community at RPCI. After three years, he moved on to take a research scientist position in a biotechnology company in Portland, Oregon. He returned to Canada in 2008 to serve as a scientist/computational biologist at the data coordination centre (DCC) of International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) hosted at the Ontario Institute for Cancer research to help develop databases. His recent work focused on the analysis of high dimensional genomics data and discovery and development of biomarkers for personalized medicine from a colorectal cancer (CRC) project.


Dr. Mohammad Zia:

Mohammad holds a Bachelor of Science (2006) and Doctorate of Philosophy (2012) in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. From January 2013 to March 2015 he worked as a programmer for the Center for Understanding Biology using Imaging Technology (CUBIT) in the Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University. At CUBIT he was responsible for maintaining and improving a workflow-based neuroimaging pipeline that processed magnetic resonance images (MRI) including structural, functional, diffusion tensor (DTI). This pipeline is currently being used to process neuroimaging data from the high profile multi-center NIH funded study EMBARC (Establishing Moderators and Biosignatures of Antidepressant Response for Clinical Care). Mohammad's interests are in signal processing, image processing, and machine learning.