Functional Cellular Networks Laboratory









Principle Investigator

Lan Ma, PhD

Lan Ma received her BE in Control Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, in 1996. During her PhD research under Prof. Pablo Iglesias at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Johns Hopkins University, she studied eukaryotic chemotaxis using the approaches of robust control theory, image processing methods, mathematical modeling and computer simulations. She received her PhD in 2004 and worked as a postdoc for two years at the Functional Genomics and Systems Biology Group of the IBM TJ Watson Research Center in New York, mentored by Dr. Gustavo Stolovitzky, where she investigated the dynamical system of the tumor suppressor p53 through mathematical modeling and simulations. Then she worked as a research faculty at the Green Center for Systems Biology of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, studying circadian rhythm of cyanobacteria by experiments as well as modeling. She joined the Bioengineering Department of UT Dallas as an assistant professor in Fall 2010.


James Ooi (PhD student)
Riccardo Ziraldo (PhD student)
Sathish Kumar Rajasekaran (Master's student)
Nagendra Athreya (Master's student)

High school interns

Neha Betrabet
Bianca David
Jasmine Li
Sricharan Navuluri


Shubhangi Agarwal (Master's student, currently PhD student at Arizona State)
Anjan Panneer Selvam (Master's student, currently PhD student at UTD)
Ujwal Madhavapeddi (Summer Intern, 2011, currently college student at UT Austin)

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