Research Projects.

My research group (MBG) at Fresno State focuses on applying mathematics to (mostly) biological problems, and I am currently looking for students to join the group.

DNA structure

Machine Learning Methods for Genomic Variant Detection

To uncover genomic variation in related individuals, I develop machine learning tools that leverage known information in the prediction of this variation.

deep learning convolution

Optimization & Deep Learning Methods for Noisy Data

In the context of low-quality images and genomic data, I create and apply deep learning frameworks to accurately classify these data.

Statistical & Predictive Modeling of Disease Severity

I also work on mathematical and statistical models for the prediction of Valley Fever (and other disease) severity using genomic and disease data.

Current Group Members

Graduate Students​

  • Erica Sawyer: Master's in Mathematics​ ​​

Undergraduate Students

  • Dozie Eloka: Major - Mechanical Engineering, Minor: Mathematics, Computer Engineering
  • Manuel Chacon: Major - Mathematics, Applied Math Option
  • Gobind Puniani: Major - Mathematics, Applied Math Option, Minor: Physics
  • Stefanie Motsenbocker: Major - Mathematics, Statistics Option

Past Group Members

Undergraduate Students

  • Demi Ayala: Major - Biochemistry, Minor - Mathematics. Currently pursuing a Master's in Biochemistry at Cal Poly Pomona.
  • Elizabeth Schulz: Major - Applied and Computational Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University


You can find my code (including tutorials) below


I am currently looking for graduate (Master's) students to join the group! Desired background is in linear algebra, programming skills, and/or bioinformatics. If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


University of California, Merced

​University of San Francisco

  • David Uminsky, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Director of MS in Data Science and Data Institutute

The Joint Genome Institute (JGI)