Calina Copos, PhD
Dr. Copos arrived at UNC from the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences at New York University. She is a mathematical biologist who uses computational tools to reveal mechanisms in cell biology. She develops mechanical and biochemical theoretical models of single and collective cell migration and self-organization inside cells. These interests are motivated by open questions in fundamental cell biology with possible implications in medicine and biotechnology. She develops minimal models based on biophysical rules in order to reveal the molecular origin and spatiotemporal organization of forces required for cell locomotion. Ultimately, these models will reveal what features of the cell machinery endow the cell with its adaptivity to migrate in complex, physiological environments. Dr. Copos received a B.S. from the University of Richmond, an M.S from the University of California Davis, and a Ph.D. from the University of California Davis.
Natalie Stanley, PhD
Dr. Stanley arrived at UNC from Professor Nima Aghaeepour’s computational immunology laboratory at Stanford University. Her current research is focused on developing bioinformatics and machine learning algorithms for gaining a systems-level understanding of human immunity from single-cell mass cytometry data. Her recently developed algorithms have been applied to understand the immune system in a variety of clinical applications, including human pregnancy and surgical recovery. Prior to joining Stanford, Natalie finished her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working with Prof. Peter Mucha. During her time as a Ph.D. student, Natalie’s research focused on developing algorithms for the analysis of networks. In particular, her work focused on community detection, or graph-based clustering, and developing probabilistic models for networks.