UNC- Chapel Hill


Elston lab group photo

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

Research Assistant Professor

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

I am applying physical and mathematical approaches to elucidate the mechanisms of biological processes on both the molecular and systems levels. By integrating modeling and simulations with novel biological imaging techniques, I study the interplay between cell signaling and mechanics at different scales. Most recently I have been focusing on the role of CCM proteins in endothelial cell tube formation, analyzing the regulation of cellular morphodynamics, and developing computer vision algorithms to study cell motility.



Richard Allen
Research Scientist, Pfizer

Marcelo Behar
Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin

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

Sai Venkatapurapu

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