Generating, Analyzing, and Understanding Sensory and Sequencing Information


Faculty Members of GAUSSI Program:

Tom Chen

chenTom Chen is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a core faculty member of the School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME). His research interests are in the areas of biosensors. His research group is currently working on integrating and applying an 8000-electrode biosensor system to create chemical images to better understand cell-cell communication under the sponsorship of an NSF GK-12 grant. He is also collaborating on the development of new highly sensitive sensors and sensor systems for detection of microbes using highly multiplexed detection methods.


Carol Wilusz

Carol Wilusz headshotCarol Wilusz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology.  Her research focuses on the post-transcriptional control of gene expression in development and disease. All of Dr. Wilusz research projects rely heavily on RNA-seq to gain insights into gene expression regulation on a global scale. Dr Wilusz teaches courses in molecular biology methods to graduate students and will be offering “Nucleic Acids for Non-Life Scientists” and “Next Generation Sequencing Platforms and Libraries” as 1CR lab-based modules for GAUSSI.


Asa Ben-Hur

AsaAsa Ben-Hur is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science. His lab studies important problems related to the interactions, function and processing of mRNA and proteins. Dr. Ben-Hur developed and co-teaches courses in the computational biology track of GAUSSI and teaches CS courses in bioinformatics (CS548) and machine learning (CS545).



Zaid Abdo

zaid-abdo-headshot-150x150Zaid Abdo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology Immunology and Pathology (MIP) in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Abdo’s main research objective are focused on understanding the microbial community structure, its interactions, function, and how this microbial community interacts with and affects its host, and is affected by its surrounding environment. Dr. Abdo’s experience and background is focused on developing and utilizing computational and statistical methods and models aimed to facilitate our understanding of these systems.


Rich Feller


Rich Feller Ph.D ( is Professor Emeritus of Counseling and Career Development and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University. Past-President of the National Career Development Association he has served as consultant to NASA, UN, NFL, AARP, and international organizations and businesses on six continents. Co-author of 3 books, 6 film series, the Who You Are Matters! ( board game and the Career Decision Making system (www.cdminternet). As chief scientist to; thought leader for ; and advisory board member for National University of Singapore’s Center for Future Ready Students  he leads the GAUSSI Career Planning program.


Jason Frazier

Jason Frazier has over 20 years in both graphic design and education. Jason is a Assistant Professor of Graphic Design in the CSU Department of Art & Art History, and is a co-director and coordinator of the Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition [CIIPE]. In addition to teaching, he continues to pursue professional studio work with a variety of clients in publication, identity design, illustration and multimedia, and his personal work reflects his interest in technology, social and environmental issues. He has been recognized for his poster, marketing, publication and media work in the United States, Mexico and South Korea, being the recipient of multiple regional and national awards for his efforts.


Brian Geiss

GeissBrian Geiss is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology. His laboratory focuses on understanding the biochemical and molecular processes that RNA viruses, such as West Nile and Chikungunya viruses, use to replicate their genomes. He is examining the larger process of RNA genome replication using biochemical and structural approaches. His group collaborates on the development of novel pathogen affinity biosensors that can be used for rapid pathogen detection


Michael Kirby

KirbyMichael Kirby is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics with a joint appointment in the Department of Computer Science. His research interests primarily concern the development of mathematical theory and algorithms for the the modeling of large data sets. He is interested in the modeling of infectious disease and early warning algorithms for the detection of infection. He has taught courses in geometric data analysis, the mathematical modeling of large data sets, optimization, ordinary and partial differential equations, projects in applied mathematics and numerical analysis.


Abhik Roy

Abhik Roy is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology in the Learning Sciences and Human Development Department within the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University. He conducts research on how evaluators create and utilize theory and the pedagogy of teaching developmental evaluation. Dr. Roy teaches graduate level courses in program evaluation, research methods, and social network analysis.



Steve Simske

Steve Simske

Dr. Steven Simske was, until the end of 2017, an HP Fellow and a Research Director in HP Labs. He led HP in research and development in algorithms, multi-media, labels, brand protection, security and secure printing, imaging, 3D printing, analytics and life sciences. He is a long-time member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils, leads the Steering Committee for the ACM DocEng Symposium, and is currently President of the Imaging Science and Technology professional organization. Dr. Simske has more than 170 granted US patents and more than 400 professional publications, including the recent book, Meta-Algorithmics, and book chapters on forensic imaging and industrial inkjet technologies. He is an Honorary Professor in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, UK. Dr. Simske completed a BS (Marquette University, 1986) and Masters (Rensselaer Polytechnic University, 1987) in Biomedical Engineering; a PhD (University of Colorado, 1990) in Electrical Engineering, and a PostDoc (University of Colorado, 1993) in Aerospace Engineering.

Daniel Sloan

sloanDaniel Sloan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. His research focuses on evolutionary and comparative genomics. His lab is particularly interested in the functional interactions between the nuclear, organelle, and endosymbiont genomes that can all be found within the eukaryotic cell. He teaches undergraduate courses in Molecular and General Genetics and Genome Evolution.



Laurie Stargell

stargillLaurie Stargell is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her research focuses on investigating the regulation of gene expression using budding yeast (S. cerevisiae) as a model system and genetic, genomic, molecular and biochemical approaches. The long-term goal of her research is to understand how the RNA Polymerase II transcription machinery interfaces with chromatin to regulate gene expression in living cells. Her work has received support from the March of Dimes, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.



stu_2016-squareStuart Tobet

Stuart Tobet is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering, and member of the Program in Cell and Molecular Biology. The Tobet laboratory studies the communication among cells in specific tissues of the body. These tissues range from the brain to the adrenal gland to portions of the gastrointestinal tract. The unique aspect of the laboratory investigations is that they are conduct ex vivo in special designed devices that allow a better preservation, visualization, and measurement of cell behaviors.


erin-nErin Osborne Nishimura

Erin Nishimura is an Assistant Professor in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Her lab is interested in understanding how gene expression is regulated during embryogenesis and how it impacts eventual cell fate. They use a combination of computational and experimental approaches in the model nematode worm, Caenorhabditis elegans. Of particular interest, they use single-cell RNA-seq and single-molecule quantitative microscopy to assess the entire transcriptome and to zoom in on individual mRNA transcripts in worms.

Hamidreza Chitsaz

hamidHamid Chitsaz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. His research interest are in the areas of genome and transcriptome assembly, RNA folding and RNA-RNA interaction, optimal control and geodesics for mobile robots, and motion planning. Professor Chitsaz is the Director of The Algorithmic Biology Lab; conducting research that focuses on quantitative modeling of various life phenomena at cellular and molecular levels. He teaches courses in Bioinformatics and Algorithms and Data Structures.

 Anne Avery

Anne Avery is Associate Professor in in Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology. She serves as the Director of the Clinical Immunology Laboratory.

Brad Borlee

Brad Borlee is an Assistant Professor in Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology. He specializes in Bacteriology.

Daniel Bush

Daniel Bush is a Professor in Biology and serves as the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. He specializes in crop yields and nutritional quality.

Adam Chicco

Adam Chicco is an Associate Professor in Biomedical Sciences. He specializes in Cardiovascular Physiology.

Greg Ebel

Greg Ebel is an Associate Professor in Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology. He serves as the Director of the Arthropod-borne and Infectious Disease Laboratory (AIDL) .

Cameron Ghalambor

Cameron Ghalambor is a Professor in the Department of Biology.  His research focusses on the processes that constrain and facilitate adaptive evolution in natural populations. His lab group is investigating the physiological, morphological, and behavioral adaptations that occur in fish along salinity gradients, and birds and insects along temperature and habitat gradients. His group uses a combination of population genomic and transcriptomic methods in combination with field and lab experiments.

Courtney Jahn

Courtney Jahn is an Assistant Professor in Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management. Her specialization is using genetic & molecular tools to improve plant bioenergy yields.

Brian Munsky

Brian Munsky is an Assistant Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering. His research interests are in the integration of stochastic models with single-cell experiments to identify predictive models of gene regulatory systems.

Christie Peebles

Christie Peebles is an Assistant Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She specializes in metabolic pathway engineering.

Tom Santangelo

Tom Santangelo is an Assistant Professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He specializes in Mechanisms and regulation of archaeal transcription.

Tim Stasevich

Tim Stasevich is an Assistant Professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He specializes in the regulation of eukaryotic gene expression by post-translational modifications.

Jane Stewart

Jane Stewart is an Assistant Professor in Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management. She specializes in Plant Pathology.