UNC- Chapel Hill


Elston lab group


Principal Investigator

Tim Elston Tim Elston

I am interested in understanding the dynamics of complex biological systems, and developing reliable mathematical models that capture the essential components of these systems.

Graduate Students

Vinal Vinal Lakhani
BCB Graduate Student

I am currently using computational methods to study the yeast pheromone signaling system.  In particular, I am studying the gradient sensing and polarization strategy.


Patrick McCarter Patrick McCarter
BCB Graduate Student


Sai Sai Phanindra Venkatapurapu
BCB Graduate Student

I am interested in studying biological phenomenon using computational and mathematical tools. Currently I am investigating the factors involved in accurate gradient sensing by yeast.


Postdoctoral Fellows

Yan Fu Alex Chen
Postdoctoral fellow

Yan Fu Yan Fu
Postdoctoral fellow

Josh KelleyJosh Kelley
Postdoctoral Fellow

I am studying the role of the Cdc42 GAPs in chemotropic growth in yeast. More generally I'm interested in how the extracellular gradient of pheromone is translated into an intracellular gradient of Cdc42-GTP.

Conner SandefurEllen O'Shaunnessy
Postdoctoral Fellow

Conner SandefurMatthew Pena
Postdoctoral Fellow

Conner SandefurConner Sandefur
Postdoctoral Fellow

Denis Tsygankov Denis Tsygankov (Tsee-Gun-Cough)
Research Assistant Professor

My current research interests involve the application of mathematical and physical approaches to address problems in cell and molecular biology. In particular, my work focuses on using stochastic modeling and computer simulations to understand energy transduction in individual motor proteins, such as kinesin, myosin and dynein, the role of these proteins in intracellular trafficking, and their collective behavior in cilia and flagella.


Richard Allen
Research Scientist, Pfizer

Marcelo Behar
Alexander Hoffmann's lab, UC San Diego

John Fricks
Assistant professor of Statistics, Penn State University

Guilherme Garcia
Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin

Mike Goedeke
Research Triangle Institute, NC

Nan Hao
Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego

John Houser
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas, Austin

Meng Jin
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego

Kevin Kesseler

Jason Pirone
Biomathematician, SRA International, Inc., Durham, NC.

Adrian Serohijos
Eugene Shakhnovich's lab, Harvard University

Wanda Strychalski
Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Case Western Reserve University

Abby Todd
Professor at Greenville College, Illinois

Xiao Wang
Assistant Professor, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Arizona State University

Necmettin Yildrim
Assistant Professor, New College of Florida

Peiying Zuo
Glaxo Smith Kline