Hi, I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Virginia in the labs of Phil Bourne and Cameron Mura. I am interested in structural bioinformatics and machine learning applied to protein evolution and host-pathogen interactions. I was previosly an organizer for the ISCB Region Student Group in DC as the Student Council Symposiums at the main ISCB conference.
University of Virginia
Ph.D Biomedical Engineering
Under the guidance of Phil Bourne and Cameron Mura, I am applying 3D Convolutional Neural Networks to predict protein-protein interactions (PPI) using protein structure information. This work will be used to identify drug binding sites to disrupt PPI and proteins involved in host-pathogen PPI. This work is also done in collaboration with Anna Panchenko and Alex Goncearenco at the NCBI.
I am also working on developing deep learning methods such as Variational Autoencoders for protein structure classification. We hope to use this to find new relationsips between CATH homologous superfamilies.
UC Santa Cruz
Thesis: Correcting Frameshift Mutations in Transcriptomics Data
Adivsors: Mark Blaxter (Edinburgh) and Dietlind Gerloff
1. Daniele Parisi *, Gabriel J. Olguín-Orellana *, Eli J. Draizen *, …, and R. Gonzalo Parra. Nurturing tomorrow’s leaders: The iscb student council symposia in 2018. F1000Research, 2019. pdf | abstract
6. Eli J. Draizen, …, David Landsman, and Anna R. Panchenko. HistoneDB 2.0: a histone database with variants – an integrated resource to explore histones and their variants. Database, 2016:baw014, 2016. pdf | abstract
Nigel W. Moriarty, Eli J. Draizen, and Paul D. Adams. CarboLoad: Modelling, validation, and prediction of carbohydrates in phenix.
Eli J. Draizen, D. Steve Hall, Felecia D. Kemp, Jonathan Magasin, and Dietlind L. Gerloff. Plasmodium 6-Cys model database.
Eli J. Draizen, Edward Y. Liaw, Jonathan Magasin, D. Steve Hall, Felecia D. Kemp, and Dietlind L. Gerloff. Tracking the evolutionary link between distant Apicomplexan surfaceprotein families by their distinct disulfide patterns.
Wrote HistoneDB 2.0, a Django webserver to store and classify histone sequences by variant using an ensemble of hidden Markov Models. Work done in Anna Panchenko’s lab at the NCBI
A webserver to study the structure and evolution evolution of the ‘6-Cys’ domain containing proteins proteins from Plasmodium falicparum, the cuasitive agent of malaria. Initial version for Plasmodium created in Dietlind Gerloff’s lab at UC Santa Cruz, but in the future it will include all Apicomplexan parasites.
Developed CarboLoad, a program to validate and model glycoproteins by ligand fitting, and Carbohydrate Builder, a 2D carbohydrate builder and visualizer supporting GlycoCT. Work done in Paul Adams lab at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs
Developed HSP-Tiler, a python script to mend frameshift mutations in transcriptomics data using BLAST and HMMs for senior thesis at UCSC Work done in Mark Blaxter’s lab at The University of Edinbugh
Perform model mixtures of different hidden Markov Model packeges (HMMER and UCSC-SAM), saving the the results into a pile up.