The Wall Lab at Stanford University


Maude David

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Microbiology, Oregon State University

Maude joined the lab in January 2014 and namely studies the gut microbiome of children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) utilizing a large scale, crowd sourced clinical study approach. Her expertise are in microbiology, bioinformatics and genomics, using and integrating metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and metaproteomics to understand microbial community functions. She received her PhD in February 2010 from the Ecole Centrale... Read more

Titas De

Computer Vision Engineer

Titas De is a Computer Vision Engineer at The Wall Lab at Stanford who is working to successfully bring the Autism Glass Project to market use under the supervision of Dr. Terry Winograd and Dr. Dennis Wall. He has over 4 years of experience in computer vision and machine learning working on diverse set of applications. Prior to joining Stanford,... Read more

Leticia Diaz Beltrán

Research Scholar

Leticia spent two months in the Computational Biology Iniciative in 2009 as a visiting student from the Systems Biology Unit at University of Jaén (Spain), where her research was focused in network analysis approaches applied to autoimmunity. She joined The Wall lab as a graduate student in June 2013. Currently, she is conducting an integrated systems biology analysis of all... Read more

Marlena Duda

Clinical Research Associate

Marlena joined the Wall Lab in January 2011 as a co-op student from Northeastern University, and began full time work as a clinical research associate after graduating with a Bachelor’s in Biology in 2013. Currently, her research is geared towards developing novel methods for shortening the behavioral diagnosis of autism and analysis of their efficacy both clinically and computationally. She... Read more

Azar Fazel

Research Data Analyst

Azar joined the Wall Lab in January 2015 as a Research Assistant working on Autism Glass project. She graduated from Stanford with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, majoring in Software and Hardware systems. She collaborated on the Autism Glass project as a research Data analyst. Her work includes, but is not limited to, Applying Machine Learning and Computer Vision... Read more

Nick Haber

Assistant Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education

Nick joined the lab in August 2014. After receiving his PhD in mathematics on Partial Differential Equation theory, he worked on Sension, a company that applied computer vision to online education. He then co-founded the Autism Glass Project at Stanford, a research effort that employs wearable technology and computer vision in a tool for children with autism. Aside from such... Read more

Bongjun Ko

AI Engineering Fellow

Bongjun Ko is an AI Engineering Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Human-centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) working to develop and apply artificial intelligence technologies for high-stake situations involving humans. In the Wall Lab, he is currently participating in a project developing machine-learning methods for helping children with autism through computer vision. Before joining Stanford HAI in September 2019, he worked... Read more

Jack Kosmicki

Bioinformatics PhD Student

Jack spent two summers in the lab as an intern in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, he graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BS in Bioinformatics and a BA in Biology and began his PhD in the Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics program at Harvard co-mentored by Dennis Wall and Mark Daly. Currently, he is involved in a... Read more

Preston Lim

Master's Student

Preston recently completed his undergraduate education in Bioengineering at Stanford and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science. He is currently working on several exciting projects in the Wall lab, from using machine learning approaches to study autism phenotypic data in hopes of developing advanced diagnostic tools to developing cloud genomic pipelines. When he is not busy hacking away... Read more

Chloe O'Connell

Medical Student Researcher

Chloe is joining the lab this summer to investigate the role of eQTLs and sex differences in the genetics of autism. As an undergrad at Brown University, she worked on a pathways-based analysis of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder GWAS data to identify gene sets of potential significance in these disorders. After completing her honors thesis on approach and avoidance learning... Read more

Alp Ozturk

Bioinformatics Research Intern

Alp is an undergraduate in the computer science major’s biocomputation track at stanford. He is currently working on updating Genotator and Autworks with new data.

Sasha Sharma

Data Analyst

A data analyst for the Wall Lab. Currently busy compiling autism related data and improving her computational biology skills.

Guhan Ram Venkataraman

Undergraduate Researcher

Guhan, an undergraduate senior majoring in Bioengineering and minoring in Computer Science, joined the Wall Lab in January 2016. He has since worked on the iHART autism genomics project and has done network burden analyses downstream of the main study. He hopes to be a graduate student in Biomedical Informatics. Guhan enjoys eating copious amounts of food, sleeping for copious... Read more

Catalin Voss

Autism Therapy Google Glass Collaborator

Catalin Voss is a German student entrepreneur at Stanford University. Voss founded the computer vision startup Sension during his freshman year at Stanford’s startup accelerator StartX, where he is an Innovator in Residence. Sension gained traction for developing expression recognition software used in education and for developing a Google Glass app to aid people with Autism in recognizing social cues.... Read more

Peter Washington

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Hawai‘i at MĀNOA

Peter joined the Wall lab in 2017 and graduated in 2022. His research interests include developing data science methods to support machine learning for health and wellbeing, crowdsourcing for precision health, and precise digital interventions, and applying these methods to a variety of healthcare problems.


Associate Professor

Paco has taught Cellular and Molecular Biology and Histology at the University of Jaén (Spain) since 1995, and has been Assistant Professor in Cellular Biology at the same university since 2002. He has a Ph.D. in Biology and a Master in Neurosciences and Behavioral Biology, and has published more than 50 papers in fields including molecular biology of DNA replication,... Read more

Nikhila Albert

Software Development Intern

Nikhila is a computer science major at Princeton University. She joined the Wall Lab in the summer of 2013, and has since been spearheading GAPMap, a web tool that hopes to enable global autism epidemiology and connect families to fundamental services through the power of crowd-sourcing. In her free time, Nikhila enjoys watching photorealistically animated films, playing piano, and eating/cooking... Read more

Vibhu Argarwal

Master's Student

Vibhu is a master’s student working in the Wall Lab interested in neural networks and deep learning.

Heidi Chau

Administrative Associate

Heidi joined the Wall Lab in September 2018. She recently graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Public Health and a concentration in Health Services Administration. During her time at San Jose State University, she was Co-President for the Department of Health Science and Recreation Convocation Committee, a member of the Health Science Honors Society, a Public... Read more

Jike Cui

Research Associate

Jike Cui received Ph.D in bioinformatics from Boston University in May, 2009, and joined Dr. Wall’s lab soon after. At BU Jike’s study was focused on the comparative study of N-linked glycosylation among thirty-three eukaryotic genomes and twelve virus genome, the genome of Trichomonas, and the change of proteomes at different life stages of Giardia.

Olivia D'Angelo

Research Assistant

Olivia was a co-op student from Northeastern University working in the lab on various aspects of the Autworks project, including public outreach and integrating geodata.

Jena Daniels

Clinical Operations Manager

Jena joined the Wall Lab in 2012 after graduating from Boston University. Jena manages the lab’s clinical trials, acts as the liaison for collaborations, research participants, investigators, study teams, and healthcare professionals. She also works with the IRB and oversees the preparation, submission, recruitment processes, modification and renewal for these protocols. She ensures the safety of clinical research subjects, compliance,... Read more

Todd Deluca

Senior Biological Software Engineer

Todd DeLuca is wanted for questioning by authorities in Canada for local dress code violations. At least, according to his bio-page at the Wall Lab for more than five years now.

Michael Du

Full Stack Developer

Michael’s main responsibility in the lab is to not break the internet, so if you’re reading this, then he’s doing his job. In a former life, he was an explorer in Southern China for five years where he satiated his voracious appetite for knowledge, food, and culture. He also finds it weird to write about himself in the third person.... Read more

Aisha Ferrazares

HMS BIG Program Student

Scotty Fleming

Biomedical Informatics PhD Rotation Student

Scotty is an incoming Biomedical Informatics PhD student, interested in developing novel predictive models to optimize diagnosis and treatment in mental health disorders. Scotty began working in the lab in June 2017. Prior to his time at the Wall Lab, he completed a MS in Biomedical Informatics and a BS in Computational and Mathematical Science at Stanford University. During that... Read more

Kevin Gabo

HMS BIG Program Student

Ravina Jain

Undergraduate Researcher

Ravina Jain joined the lab as a sophomore in September 2015. She is currently an undergraduate student at Stanford studying Human Biology and Computer Science. At the Wall Lab she works on using the data from iHART and developing it into a public platform. On the side she enjoys playing the cello and learning Chinese.

Khaled Jedoui

Undergraduate Researcher

Khaled joined the lab as an undergraduate researcher in October 2017. He is currently an undergraduate student at Stanford University, where he is studying Mathematics and Computer Science. He is investigating mobile and ubiquitous computing technologies in the Wall Lab. He is interested in artificial intelligence, computer vision, and their applications in real world problems. Outside of the lab, he... Read more

Haik Kalantarian

Postdoctoral Scholar

Haik joined the Wall Lab in August of 2017 as a Postdoctoral Researcher. In 2016, he graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Previously, he completed an MS and BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Washington, respectively. Haik is interested in embedded systems development, machine... Read more

Parul Kudtarkar


Miss Kudtarkar was member of the Wall Lab from January 2009-December 2010. During her tenure at Wall lab she ported computation of Roundup (a comparative genomics algorithm) to Amazon’s cloud computing environment and expanded the database to include all sequenced genomes. The pipeline of porting comparative genomics tools to cloud infrastructure was published in the manuscripts titled Cloud computing for... Read more

Alex Lancaster

Research Associate

Dr. Lancaster holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is also a Research Associate at the Center for Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and collaborated with the Wall lab at Stanford University. He works in the emerging discipline of evolutionary systems biology involving a combination of empirical genomics and bioinformatics,... Read more

Emilie Leblanc

Research Data Analyst

Emilie is a Research Data Analyst in the Wall Lab. Prior to Stanford, Emilie was a Data Scientist at AgilOne for other two years. Emilie completed her Masters in Engineering at Ecole Centrale Paris specializing in Applied Mathematics and a Master of Science in Data Science and Business Analytics at ESSEC Business School Paris.

Alexandria Lindroth

Video Analyst, Research Assistant

Albee Ling

Rotating Graduate Student (Fall 2014)

Albee is a first-year graduate student in the Biomedical Informatics PhD program at Stanford. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2013 and stayed as a research assistant the following year. As her senior thesis, she examined the effects of genetic drift in the Mennonite population, a genetic isolate. She has also analyzed exome sequencing and DNA microarray data to... Read more

Mercedes Little

Administrative Associate

Mercedes joins as an Administrative Associate after having worked in the Genetics department.

Ralph Ma

Undergraduate Student

Mayinuer Maitituoheti

Research Fellow

2011-2013. (alternative spelling: Mahinur Mattohti). Mahi is an MD in China, where she also received her PhD in Biomedical Science from Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China. She joined the Wall Lab in December 2011 as a research fellow and has been investigating cancer genomics, with a focus on the clinical impact of whole-genomic data in personalized medicine and... Read more

James Maniscalco

Research Assistant

James Maniscalco joined the lab in June 2011 as a co-op student. He spends his time developing Django apps for autism research. A physics student at Northeastern University, he devoted a semester to full-time work at the Wall Lab.

Beth McCarthy

Study Manager

Tom Monaghan

Coder Extraordinaire

Tom worked in the Wall Lab from February 2004-May 2009. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University in Management Science with a core in Information Systems. His professional background is in web application development, enterprise software deployment, and data integration. During his time at the Wall Lab, Tom helped to create cutting-edge bioinformatics tools aimed... Read more

Jean Nei

Programming Intern/Co-op Student

Tristan Nelson

Software Developer

Tristan built web apps with Ruby on Rails, aiming to make the genetics of Autism accessible to both researchers and the wider community.

Michael Ning

Full Stack Developer

Michael likes to eat, sleep, and make music. He is terrible at basketball.

Yordan Penev

Clinical Research Coordinator

Yordan joined the lab in October 2019 as a Clinical Research Coordinator Associate. He earned a B.S. in Biology at Davidson College and a Master in Translational Medicine at UC Berkley & UCSF, with a focus on Software as a Medical Device technologies. Previously, he managed a nonprofit organization and founded a social enterprise which employs high school dropouts in... Read more

Jessey Schwartz

Clinical Research Coordinator

Jessey joined the lab in 2016 after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.A. in Psychology. She works on the clinical aspects of the lab, regularly recruiting and working with participant families, managing data, and organizing study procedures and protocols. In her spare time, she enjoys playing music, practicing yoga, hiking, photography, painting pottery, and watching critically-acclaimed movies alongside... Read more

Vanessa Sochat

PhD Candidate, Biomedical Informatics

Vanessa’s primary goal in the lab is to use techniques from machine learning, image processing, and large data analysis to discover computational signatures of subtypes of autism spectrum disorder, and use this knowledge to build tools for diagnostic decision support.

Kristian St.Gabriel

Creative Director, Biological Software Engineer

2007 - 2013. Kris received his BA (Hons) from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, in 1997. He joined Harvard Medical School’s Department of Information Technology in July 2005, and was recruited by the Center for Biomedical Informatics in December 2007. He founded the funny ecard site Wrongcards in 2008.

Jenna Tamburello

Research Assistant

Jenna joined the lab in January 2012 along with another Jena in an effort to confuse those of us who are bad with names. She is researching ways that technology such as iPad apps can help individuals with autism and is also working on various aspects of the Autworks video project. Jenna is currently a graduate student at Boston University... Read more

Qandeel Tariq

Data Analyst

Qandeel joined the Wall Lab in June 2017 as a Software Engineer working on Autism Glass project. She recently graduated from Stanford with a Master’s Degree in Learning, Design & Technology, with a focus in Education and Data Science. Currently, she is continuing her work in the Autism Glass project as a Data Analyst. Her current focus is to perform... Read more

Christine Tataru

Computer Science Master's Student

I am awesome and like to ride motorcycles. I have a horse.

Jessica Torres

Rotating Graduate Student (Fall 2014)

Jessica is a graduate student in the BMI program at Stanford University.

Badri Vardarajan

My research is focused on studying next-generation sequencing techniques in families to find genetic underpinnings of neurological disorders. I am particularly interested in developing novel analytical and bioinformatics tools for rare-variant, gene-gene and gene-environment interaction analyses. Currently, I am studying exome and genome level data from multiplex Caribbean Hispanic families to determine rare causal variants that confer risk of Alzheimer’s... Read more

Maya Varma

Undergraduate Researcher

Maya joined the Wall Lab in June 2014. She is currently an undergraduate student at Stanford, where she is studying engineering. She is the 2016 Intel STS First Place award winner in the innovation category, and she has presented her research at the 2016 White House Science Fair. Maya is very interested in the application of computer science tools to... Read more

Rose Vo

Administrative Associate