Benjamin Siranosian


  • Name: Benjamin Siranosian
  • Place of Birth: Massachusetts, USA
  • Date of Birth: April 5, 1993
  • Nationality: USA
  • E-mail: [email protected]


    Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

    Bachelor of Science in Computational Biology, expected May 2015 (Major GPA 3.8)

    Aquincum Institute of Technology, Budapest, Hungary

    Study Abroad: Fall Semester 2013

  • Completed 6 courses in computational biology, data mining, network science, IT entrepreneurship, and user interface design

Research experience

    LINK-Group Member

    Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

    September 2013 - Present

  • Applied network science methods to analyze Hi-C (chromatin spatial interaction) data
  • Collaborated with Dr. Peter Csermely, Semmelweis University School of Medicine, Department of Medical Chemistry

  • Dr. Nicola Neretti's Laboratory

    Brown University Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Providence, Rhode Island

    January 2013 - Present: Undergraduate Researcher

  • Coded a computational pipeline to analyze Hi-C (chromosome spatial arrangement) data
  • Conducted pilot demography and diet choice experiment for fruit fly aging studies
  • Currently working with graduate student Steven Criscione to analyze TCGA cancer database

  • Dr. Yongsong Huang's Laboratory

    Brown University Department of Geological Sciences, Providence, Rhode Island

    April 2012 - December 2012: Undergraduate Researcher

  • Characterized isomerization in alkenones extracted from a Greenland lake - results could possibly improve the Uk37 temperature index
  • Used multivariate statistics to analyze glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraether (GDGT) distributions from North American soil

  • Dr. Maureen Conte's Laboratory

    Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

    June 2011 - September 2011: NSF-REU Researcher

  • Investigated deep-ocean organic particle flux during a mesoscale eddy off the coast of Bermuda using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry
  • Presented results from earlier independent research project at MBL Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • April 2010 - June 2011: Lab Assistant

  • Assisted in all laboratory duties, including sample preparation, photography and image analysis
  • Completed an independent research project "Diversity of Leaf Waxes in Leaf Litter from the Nouragues Research Station, French Guiana"

Teaching experience

    Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

    Brown University Department of Biology- BIOL190R: Phage Hunters

    September 2012 - Present

  • Prepared and administered semi-weekly mycobacteriophage and molecular biology labs for first-year students
  • Developed protocols for transmission electron microscope imaging, liquid chromatography analysis and bioinformatic examination of phage genomes
  • Helped students gain familiarity with laboratory research and documentation methods

Professional skills

  • Programming Languages: Python, R, Java, HTML
  • Software: GENE-E, Cytoscape, DNA Master, LaTeX, AxioVision, MS Excel, PowerPoint
  • Wet Laboratory Skills: Drosophila melanogaster demography and aging studies, bacterial culturing, bacteriophage purification and analysis, molecular biology and DNA analysis, organic geochemistry techniques

Presentations at professional meetings

    2014 SEA-PHAGES Symposium, Janelia Farm, Virgina

  • Poster: "Functional phage predictions by DNA dynamics calculations," research completed as teaching assistant in Phage Hunters (see teaching experience)

  • 2011 Marine Biological Research Laboratory Undergraduate Research Symposium

  • Talk: "Diversity of Leaf Waxes in Leaf Litter from the Nouragues Research Station, French Guiana," based on findings from research with Dr. Maureen Conte
  • Publication will be submitted to the Journal of Tropical Ecology

Research interests

  • Biology: Aging causes and potential therapies, genetic and longevity effects of diet, cancer genomics, phage biology, phage evolution, phage therapy, cellular computing
  • Computer Science: development of bioinformatics tools and algorithms, image analysis
  • Environmental Preservation: Development of green technology, bioremediation, biofuels
  • Teaching: methods to involve undergraduates and young students in research

Personal interests

  • Outdoor adventuring: Vice president, Brown Outing Club. Lead week-long backpacking expeditions, rock climbing, kayaking, biking and other trips.
  • Social action: Member, Brown University Social Action House
  • Other: Traveling, cooking, weightlifting, music


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