Brown Group @ LBNL
People of the Brown Group
Meet The Team
Ben Brown is statistical biologist with diverse interests ranging from ecotoxicology to developmental biology. A common theme uniting his work is the study of gene regulation. His lab develops statistical machine learning tools to elucidate regulation in basal and ecologically adverse conditions.
Dr. Brown completed a BA in Mathematics at UC Santa Cruz, followed by a PhD in Applied Science and Technology at UC Berkeley in 2009. During his postdoctoral work he won a K99 award from NHGRI. In 2013, he joined the LBNL Life Sciences Division and is building a program focused on the development of tools for the integrative analysis of large, multi-scale biological datasets. In 2015, he joined the UCB Statistics faculty as an adjunct to further his work on ensemble models. In the modENCODE Consortium, he led analysis for the fly transcription consortium (2011-2014). He now leads integrative analysis for the Consortium for Environmental Omics and Toxicology. He is involved in the Microbes to Biomes Initiative (, leading the analysis for a project aimed at understanding host-microbiome interactions in adaption to environmental challenges.
James "Ben" Brown
Primary Investigator
Marcus is a post-doctoral fellow in the Brown Lab at LBNL. Marcus is a statistical, computational biologist with a focus on Drosophila and human genomics. Marcus' research interests are generally concerned with understanding and predicting the cellular processes of a cell. Particular areas of interest include RNA binding proteins, RNA biology and responses to environmental perturbations. Mathematically/ statistically, Marcus focused on problems with high-dimensional data including dimension reduction, clustering (particularly in conjunction with tenors methods) and interpretation.

Marcus grew up in Washington, D.C. and went to Gonzaga College High School in the shadow of the nation’s capital. Marcus received his BA from Occidental College with a double major in biochemistry and mathematics in 2009. Marcus received his MA from Johns Hopkins University in bioinformatics in 2011. Marcus received his PhD from UC Berkeley in biostatistics in 2015.
Marcus Stoiber
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ke Liu is a postdoc fellow of UC Berkeley. His co-supervisors are Prof.Peter Bickel, Prof.Haiyan Huang and Dr. Ben Brown.
Ke Liu completed a BA in computer science (Shandong University, 2008) and a PhD in biology (Tsinghua University, 2014). His research interest focuses on integrating multiple types of biological data (such as RNA-Seq, Chip-Seq and so on) to characterize regulatory rules of non-coding RNAs (such as enhancer RNA, lincRNA, microRNA and circularRNA) and cis-regulatory elements in model organisms. Besides, he is also interested in bioinformatics tools development. In free time, Ke Liu likes to listen to music, especially the songs of Eagles!
Ke Liu
Postdoctoral Fellow
Sumanta Basu is a joint post doctoral scholar at Brown Lab, LBNL and the Department of Statistics, University of California Berkeley. He works with Prof. Bin Yu and Prof. Peter Bickel in the Department of Statistics and Dr. Ben Brown at LBNL. Prior to this, he completed his PhD in the Department of Statistics, University of Michigan, where he worked with Prof. George Michailidis. 

Sumanta is broadly interested in developing statistical machine learning techniques for structure learning and prediction in complex, high-dimensional systems arising in biological, economic and financial applications. In an ongoing project at UCB and LBNL, he is working on developing statistical and machine learning algorithms to identify higher-order interactions among biomolecules from next generation sequencing data sets, with an application to study RNA-chromatin interaction in alternative splicing. In his dissertation, Sumanta focused on the modeling and estimation of high-dimensional vector autoregression (VAR), a canonical tool for understanding complex interrelationship among the components of multivariate time series.
Sumanta Basu
Postdoctoral Fellow
Taly Abel
Taly Abel
Graduate Student
Omid is currently pursuing a Ph.D degree in the department of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of Prof. Peter Bickel, faculty member at UC Berkeley Statistics Department, and Dr. James B. Brown, faculty member at UC Berkeley Statistics and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, focused primarily in the area of Community Detection and its direct application in Ortholog Detection. As a member of the Daphnia Consortium, lead by Dr. John Colborne, he is devoted to uncovering mysteries of Daphnia and its interactions with the ecosystem through several projects with tangible expected economic and environmental gain.
Omid earned his Bachelors' degrees in Aeronautics Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2011, and his MA from the Mathematics Department at the University of California, Berkeley in 2013 and M.Sc. from the Mechanical Engineering department, pending. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Studies in 2011.
Omid Shams Solari
Graduate Student
Sarah is a joint graduate student in the Sue Celniker/Ben Brown labs.  She is a trained biochemist with a research background in Drosophila longevity. Her current focus delves into the triad relationship of Drosophila behavior, the gut microbiome and environmental perturbations.  

Sarah received her Sc.B in Biochemistry from Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island) in 2009, her M.S. in Molecular Biology from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas) in 2015 and is pursuing her Ph.D in Comparative Biochemistry at UC Berkeley (Berkeley, California).  Her full first name is Siti Nur Sarah, however, she equally responds to “Sarah” and/or the poignant pause when others attempt her name in its entirety.  She is easily bribable with chocolate, port or ponies.
Sarah Morris
Graduate Student
Romina is currently interning under Dr. James B. Brown, faculty member at UC Berkeley Statistics and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She is assisting several projects leveraging the genetic model organisms Drosophila and Daphnia to study gut microbiota and host-microbe interactions during exposure to environmentally-present organophosphates and persistent organic solvents. She aspires to introduce remote sensing to the labs which will provide new predictive and analytical elements to ongoing research.
Romina graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from USF in December 2014 and worked this summer as an Applied GIS Researcher under NASA's national DEVELOP program at the Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Virginia. 
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