Current Research Staff

Sean McQuade

My Ph. D. is in computational biology and background is in pure mathematics; I have a Bachelor’s from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. I nearly finished a master’s degree in mathematics when I joined the Center for Integrative and Computational Biology (CCIB) at Rutgers Camden. I am driven to play a significant role in scientific research; this guided my decision to leave the master’s program and join the CCIB as a Ph. D. student. In the CCIB, I’ve gained experience using mathematical modeling techniques on metabolic networks and vehicular traffic, and I use simulations and control theory to analyze these models.
  • Ph.D, Computational Biology , Rutgers University–Camden
  • B.S., Mathematics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Virginia

Tianya Zhang

I am Tianya Zhang, currently a Post-Doctoral Associate working on collaborative driving. My research area is Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), specifically on connected and automated vehicles (CAV), traffic sensing and detection, and arterial management. I will continue to apply advanced algorithms, computation and information technologies to build safe, green, and smart mobility services.
  • PhD from Civil and Environmental Engineering Department from Rutgers University - New Brunswick
  • MS in Transportation Engineering from Texas A&M University
  • MS in Computer Science from University of Pennsylvania

Graduate Students

Christopher Denaro

I am currently a graduate student in the Mathematics program at Rutgers Camden. My Bachelor's degree is in Computational Mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University. I have always enjoyed the intersection of math and computer science, with some of my past areas of interest being applied cryptography and automation. I've recently discovered how fulfilling applying my math background to real-world problems can be while working as a research assistant in the Piccoli Lab. Next fall, I will begin working towards a PhD in the CCIB program at Rutgers Camden. Email Me

Amogh Gupta

I am currently a graduate student in the Mathematics department at Rutgers University-Camden. My Bachelor's degree is in Pure Math and Physics from Colgate University. I have been a TA since Fall 2021 and will be a PTL in Fall 2022. I also work in the Math and Stats Lab. I have experience applying pure math such as number theory and algebra to solve linear algebra questions. I am researching traffic models for Dr. Picolli’s lab using PDE’s and in particular, comparing how the model we have compares to existing models. My interests lie primarily in Algebraic number theory although I am also interested in topological dynamical systems.

Omar Mansour

I am currently a graduate student at the Masters level in the CCIB program of Rutgers-Camden. My bachelor is in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Science and Technology-Zewail City in Egypt. My last couple of years at the bachelor, I fell in love with mathematics and physics. And I was amazed by how mathematics is a miraculous tool used to model everything around us. I then made the decision to pursue a career where I have to be involved in the mathematical modeling of biological problems. My work at the lab is about chronobiology; specifically developing models that would offer us understanding of how our circadian clocks entrain (synchronize) themselves to periodic environmental stimuli such as light and temperature. It is quite exciting to figure out how to create such a model, and to overcome such a challenge.

Logan Reed

I am currently a graduate student in the Mathematics department at Rutgers University-Camden. My Bachelor's degree is in Applied Mathematics at Texas State University. I have been a PTL since Fall 2021, and I am currently working in the Math and Stats Lab. I have experience applying discrete mathematics and CS concepts to studying higher level Algebra and PDEs. I am currently pursuing research that applies the same concepts to biological systems for Dr. Picolli's Lab. I am particularly interested in applying algebra to study complicated structures in various fields. Specifically, I am interested in Vertex Operator Algebras for studying Physics, Homotopy Type Theory for studying Theoretical CS, and various Graph Theory extensions for studying Biological Systems in Dr. Picolli's Lab.

Ryan Weightman

I am currently a graduate student in the CCIB program at Rutgers University–Camden. Both my Bachelor's and Master's degrees are in pure mathematics from Rutgers. I have been a student at Rutgers since Fall 2014 and PTL at Rutgers since Spring 2019, teaching 100 level courses for the Math Department. I decided to try out the research world in Fall 2020 both completing a thesis in pure math and working on computational projects for Dr. Piccoli's Lab. I found the research projects very fun and interesting, so I asked to stay and they said yes! Email Me

Undergraduate Researchers

Ryan DeLorenzo

Currently I am a Sophomore working towards earning a bachelor's degree in the Computer Science major at Rutgers Camden. Prior to college enrollment I attended the Atlantic County Institute of Technology under the Engineering, Math and Sciences academy that gave experience when working with higher level projects. During my attendance at rutgers I have managed to be a part of the Honors college and maintain an internship position that has the responsibility of planning the logistics/modifying certain algorithms regarding the ambitious CIRCLES project. After earning my computer science degree I plan to pursue a career in development of digital entertainment or be able to work in a position that allows me to hone my programming skills. Email Me

Malaika Mahmood

I am a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Biology with a minor in chemistry and a concentration in mathematics. Currently I am serving as President of Student Wellness Advisory Board, Vice President of Psychology Club, and Public Relations Representative for Biology Club. Along with this, I am a research assistant for the CIRCLES Project, where I am tasked with planning and organizing various scenarios related to the experiments. This wonderful opportunity has given me a chance to gain research experience first hand, and work with many different kinds of scientists. After graduation, my goal is to attend graduate school to obtain my PhD in neuroscience. Email Me

Anthony Sbarra

I am currently a junior at Rutgers working on dual bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Philosophy. I am a transfer student from Rowan College at Burlington County with an associates in liberal arts & sciences and studied many areas of knowledge. I have always had interest in mathematics and problem solving and love many areas of STEM and want to continue to develop skills in these areas throughout life. I also would like to continue on to graduate schools for science and engineering to learn even more on the systems that control how the world functions and research its properties. After education itself I would like to use these skills to work with research and development throughout my life. The main drive to do this is in hopes of researching answering questions that we do not now know, and to also develop things that will help the planet and society for generations to come.


Past Ph.D. Students

Zheming An

I finished my M.S. and Ph.D. in Dr. Piccoli's lab in biomathematics. I have a Bachelor's degree from Zhejiang University, China. I am interested in the interdisciplinary study of applied mathematics and complex biological systems. My primary research focuses on the use of different mathematical tools, including ordinary differential equation-based models, statistical models, graph theory, and control theory, to study the entrainment mechanisms of circadian systems, human metabolic networks, and forensic DNA interpretation process. Currently, I am motivated to work at the juncture of systems biology, control theory, and AI. Email Me
  • Position after graduation: Postdoctoral fellow in Professor Eduardo Sontag's lab at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA.
  • M.S. and Ph.D., Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers University - Camden, NJ, USA.
  • B.S., Biology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.

Nastassia Pouradier Duteil

I completed my PhD in 2017 in Dr. Piccoli’s lab, on mathematical models for pattern formation in biological systems. Before that, I got my master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from ENSTA ParisTech and Sorbonne University (Paris). After graduating from Rutgers University (Camden), I moved back to France and became a postdoctoral fellow with Francesco Salvarani, at University Paris-Dauphine. Since 2018, I have been a permanent researcher at Inria Paris and Sorbonne University. My research focuses on developing and studying mathematical models for large systems of interacting particles. I aim to explain pattern formation from a mathematical perspective, using tools such as asymptotic analysis or control theory. I am particularly interested in the various ways of deriving macroscopic limits of microscopic systems (mean-field, graph limit). I also continue to develop models for biological systems in close collaboration with biologists, specifically in the areas of developmental biology and cell-fate transition. Link to my personal website found here.
  • Current Position: Research scientist at Inria Paris in the team MAMBA (Modeling and Analysis for Medical and Biological Applications) and at the Jacques-Louis Lions Laboratory at Sorbonne University (Paris).
  • Ph.D., Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers University - Camden, NJ, USA.

Past Postdoctoral Researchers

Giulia Cavagnari

In 2016, I got the PhD in Mathematics at the University of Trento (Italy) under the supervision of Antonio Marigonda. From January to November 2017 I joined Benedetto Piccoli's lab as a postdoc. From November 2017 to December 2019, I was postdoc at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Pavia, under the supervision of Giuseppe Savaré. Since December 2019, I am an Assistant Professor (Joung Researcher- RTDa) in Mathematical Analysis at the Department of Mathematics of Politecnico di Milano, Milan (Italy) . My research is focused on evolution equations in Wasserstein spaces with applications in control theory.

Maria Laura Delle Monache

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, I was a research scientist at Inria Grenoble – Rhône Alpes (France). From 2014 to 2016, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University – Camden, NJ (USA) in Dr. Piccoli's group. My research lies at the intersection of engineering and mathematics. It is aimed at designing more sustainable communities using new models and control strategies that leverage the latest technologies to improve the energy footprint and resilience of transportation systems. I am interested in mathematical modeling, numerical approximation, and control of traffic flow applications.
  • 2014 Ph.D. in Applied mathematics at University of Nice – Sophia Antipolis (France)
  • 2011 M. Sc. In Mathematical engineering at University of L’Aquila (Italy)
  • 2009 B.Sc. In Industrial engineering at University of L’Aquila (Italy)

Amaury Hayat

I am currently an Assistant Professor (Chargé de recherche) at Ecole des Ponts Paristech. I am interested in the control and stabilization of nonlinear partial differential equations and in particular of hyperbolic systems. I am also working on teaching mathematics to a neural network and using deep language models to predict mathematical results.
  • Received the engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique in 2014
  • The master's degree from the University of Cambridge in 2015
  • The master of public policy from Ecole des Ponts Paristech and AgroParistech in 2016
  • The PhD from Sorbonne University in 2019 under the supervision of Jean-Michel Coron.
  • In 2019 - 2020, I was a postdoctoral associate in Benedetto Piccoli's lab.

Past M.S. Students

Aylin Demiray

I have a Bachelor's degree from Ankara University, TURKEY. I finished my M.S. in Dr. Piccoli's lab on Computational and Integrative Biology. I am interested in animal genetics and immunogenetics. I improved my computational and programming skills in his lab. I work for the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Email Me
  • Bachelor's degree from Ankara University, TURKEY.
  • M.S. in Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers University - Camden, NJ, USA.

Alexa Derago

I am currently a graduate student in the CCIB M.S. program at Rutgers University - Camden. My Bachelor's degree is in pure mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University. I have experience as an undergraduate teaching assistant in biological mathematics courses and decided to pursue research in applied mathematics upon completion of my undergraduate degree. Applying my mathematical background to biological studies has been quite rewarding and I look forward to continuing my work in the Piccoli lab. Email Me

Maëlys Lerat

I now work at the SNCF, the French railway company, as an operations research engineer. I work on a software which will be used for the planning of the raw material supply on railway sites. Email Me