Aleksandra (Aleks, Ola) Karolak
Assistant Professor and Member
Education and Positions
2021 – present Assistant Member, Moffitt Cancer Center, Department of Machine Learning, Division of Quantitative Science, Tampa, FL
2021 – present Assistant Professor, University of South Florida, Department of Oncologic Sciences, Tampa, FL
2019 – 2021 Assistant Research Professor at City of Hope, Division of Mathematical Oncology, Departments of Computational and Quantitative Medicine and Population Sciences, Duarte, CA
2018 – 2019 H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship, Genome Data Science, IRB Barcelona, Spain
2015 – 2018 Postdoctoral Researcher at Moffitt Cancer Center, Department of Integrated Mathematical Oncology, Tampa, FL
2010 – 2015 PhD in Biophysical and Computational Chemistry, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
1995 – 2000 MSc in Metal-Organic Chemistry, Maxima Cum Laude, Individual Curriculum, Adam Mickiewicz University, Posen, Poland
Bi Zhao, PhD
Applied Research Scientist
Bi has experience in data science, machine learning, and database development for protein structural and functional research. Her research interests have focused on characterizing the intermolecular interactions and regulation under tissue and condition specificity, and discovering novel mechanisms of various diseases. Bi's goal is to establish these novel strategies and utilize them in biomedical research, especially targeting the heterogeneity of the microbiome and its relationship to cancer development and individual differences.
Education and Positions
Starting in June 2022 - Applied Research Scientist, Moffitt Cancer Center, Department of Machine Learning, Division of Quantitative Science, Tampa, FL
2019 - 2022 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
2016 - 2019 PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
2013 - 2015 MSc in Medical Science in Biotechnology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
2007 - 2011 Bachelor of Bioscience, Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan, China
Anna is a graduate student at the University of South Florida, majoring in bioinformatics and computational biology. She is currently involved in research at the University of South Florida on intrinsic disorder in circadian clock proteins. As a research volunteer, she is eager to hone her programming skills and learn various research and machine learning techniques from dr. Karolak's team. In her free time, Anna loves to play the drums and ukulele, watch sports, and travel.
2021-2022 MSc in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
2016-2020 B.S. in Biology, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Katherine is an undergraduate senior at the University of South Florida, majoring in biomedical sciences and minoring in aging sciences. As a research trainee in the Machine Learning Department, Katherine is eager to learn by working with the team of dr. Karolak, and many other renowned researchers. She anticipates that the experience will contribute to her success in investigating the intersections of human biology, microgravity, and machine learning at the graduate level. Katherine also volunteers as a research assistant for the Evans-Nguyen Mass Spectrometry Lab in the Chemistry Department at USF. Outside of her academic and professional pursuits, Katherine is a Tampa native that enjoys reading, exploring downtown, and engaging in on-campus activities.
2018 - 2022 B.S. in Biomedical Sciences, University of South Florida. Currently a 4th year senior with a 3.5 overall GPA
2014 – 2018 High School Diploma, Walter L. Sickles High School. Graduated with honors and a 3.98 GPA
Kara Zupancic, BS
Kara originally started with Moffitt's Diversity team back in 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Teaching and Training Technical Professionals from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio and has working previously at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center as a Pharmacy Administrative Support Clerk, as well as, SummaCare, Inc. as a Project Specialist in Medical Records and Data Management. She is responsible for all administrative tasks within our department and team.