Lab Members


Terry Furey, PI


tsfurey at

Current Lab Members

Postdoctoral Researchers

Valerie Gartner, PhD

Primary interest: Contribution of evolutionary selection on genetic variation associated with IBD


vgartner at

Graduate Students

Meaghan Kennedy Ng, 5th year BCB program

Primary Interest: Role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in the IBDs

meagkenn at
Nina Nishiyama, 4th year BCB program

Primary Interest: Molecular quantitative trait loci (QTL) identification in tissue samples from IBD patients and their association with IBD GWAS loci

nnishi at
Nolan Hamilton, 2nd year BCB program

Primary Interest: Methods development for characterizing the accessible chromatin landscape across multiple samples, including in the context of IBD. Also interested in signal processing and optimization algorithms.

nolan.hamilton at

Undergraduate Students

Shuying Han

Primary Interest: Identification of splicing quantitative trait loci (sQTL) in IBD patient samples


shuyhan at
Le Bui

Primary Interest: Validating patient genotypes in ATAC-seq and RNA-seq data

lbui at
Xiyuan (Albert) Du

Primary Interest: Combining information from multiple resources to provide confident gene targets for accessible chromatin regions in colon tissue samples

dxy at
Liz Alvarez-Gomez

Primary Interest: Investigating ancestry using genotypes in IBD patients

lizal at

Former Lab Members

Postdoctoal Researchers


Satyaki Roy

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL.

Postdoc 2020-2022
Jennifer Israel

Current Position: Senior Genomics Data Scientist, Kryia Therapeutics, Research Triangle Park, NC.

Postdoc 2016-2018
Jeremy Wang

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Postdoc 2013-2018
Jeremy Simon

Current Position: Senior Research Scientist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Postdoc 2014-2016
Qing Xiong

Current Position: Senior Computational Scientist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Postdoc, 2010-2012
Zhancheng Zhang

Current Position: Senior Computational Biologist, Deka Biosciences, Inc, Gaithersburg, MD

Postdoc, 2010-2012
Liang Goh Postdoc, 2005-2007

Graduate Students

Ben Keith

Current Position: Senior Bioinformatics Scientist at AstraZeneca, Mölndal, Vastra Gotaland County, Sweden

BCB Program

PhD, May 2020

Nur Shahir

Current Position: Lead Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton, Baltimore, MD

BCB Program

PhD, May 2020

Raulie Raulerson
(co-mentor with Karen Mohlke)Current Position: Genomic Data Scientist II at Bionano Genomics, Tyler, TX
BCB Program

PhD, December 2019

Bryan Quach

Current Position: Bioinformatics Scientist, RTI International, RTP, Raleigh, NC

BCB Program

PhD, December 2017

Matt Weiser

Current Position: Independent data scientist, opportunistic gambler, Puerto Rico

BCB Program

PhD, December 2015

Martin Buchkovich
(co-mentor with Karen Mohlke)Current Position: Associate Director, Bioinformatics at Q² Solutions, Durham, NC
BCB Program

PhD, August 2015

Zhuzhu Zhang

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Human Genetics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

BCB Program

PhD, May 2014

Brian Bennett

Current Position: Integrative Bioinformatics Support Group, NIEHS, RTP, Raleigh, NC

CBB Program, Duke University

PhD, Dec 2013

Nathan Sheffield

Current Position: Associate Professor, Departments of Public Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, and Data Science, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

CBB Program, Duke University

PhD, May 2013

Debbie Winter

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Dept of Medicine (Rheumatology), Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

CBB Program, Duke University

PhD, May 2013

Alan Boyle

Current Position: Associate Professor, Departments of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics and Human Genetics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

CBB Program, Duke University

PhD, May 2009

Undergraduate Students


Sophie Silverstein
Rajee Ganesan
Akshatha Bharadwaj

Research Staff

Paul Cotney 2016-2018
Karl Eklund 2012-2016
Darin London 2008-2010