Current Fellows

CCS Fellows Program launched its third cohort with four outstanding University of Miami students. Selected participants for the 2016-2017 session are:


Michael Fernandez CCS Fellow 2016-2017

Michael Fernandez

Advisors   Gecheng Zha, PhD | Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Mahsa Mirzargar, PhD  | Computer Science

Project  3D Vortex Visualization

Anchen Sun CCS Fellow 2016-2017

Anchen Sun

Advisors   Mohammed Iskandarani, PhD | Department of Ocean Sciences
William M. Drennan, PhD | Department of Ocean Sciences
Burton Rosenburg, PhD | Computer Science

Project  Anchen’s project revolves around the numerical solution of the shallow-water equations on high-performance computers. He is focused on identifying the bottlenecks in the code’s performance—whether in CPU-bound or memory-bandwidth bound—and suggesting improvements.

Michael Durante CCS Fellow 2016-2017  

Michael Durante

Advisors   J. William Harbour, MD |  Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Stephan Schürer, PhD | CCS Drug Discovery Program

Project  Michael’s project “Epigenomic Profiling of Uveal Melanoma” will focus on utilizing next-generation sequencing techniques to understanding the epigenetic mechanisms of uveal melanoma tumorigenesis. Uveal melanoma is the most common primary adult cancer of the eye, which manifests as aggressive tumors (pictured at right). Most uveal melanoma tumors have one of three driver mutations (BAP1, SF3B1, EIF1AX), as well as distinct copy-number profiles. Michael will use techniques that look at histone modifications and chromatin accessibility to study how the driver mutations change the epigenetic landscape of uveal melanoma. The large-scale datasets that are generated with these techniques will be analyzed using the Center for Computational Science’s Pegasus supercomputer.

Michael’s CCS Fellowship will help him use advanced mathematical modeling and novel computational algorithms to analyze these next-generation sequencing datasets.

Nicolas Velasquez CCS Fellow 2016-2017

Nicolas Velasquez

Advisors   Elvira Restrepo, PhD | Geography & Regional Studies and International Studies
Shouraseni Sen Roy, PhD | Geography & Regional Studies

Project  Evolution of the Infrastructural Power of the State:  Magdalena Medio, 1982-2002

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