Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Bacterial genetics
  • Microbial ecology
  • Systems biology
  • Data Science


I am interested in quantitative and mathematical approaches to biology and in the applications of data science. Prior to joining the university, I carried out postdoctoral research in the Systems Biology Theme at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin, Madison. My undergraduate degree is in computer science and I switched to the life sciences for my doctoral research, which was carried out at The Rockefeller University. I have research experience in systems biology, bacterial genetics and microbial ecology. At the university, I teach courses in the biology major. I have supervised projects on optogenetics in bacteria, antibiotic resistance, applications of graph theory and information theory and agent-based modelling.


  • Wright, E. S., Yilmaz, L. S., Ram, S., Gasser, J. M., Harrington, G. W. and Noguera, D. R. (2014), Exploiting extension bias in polymerase chain reaction to improve primer specificity in ensembles of nearly identical DNA templates. Environ. Microbiol, 16(5), 1354 – 1365. http://​dx​.doi​.org/​10​.​1111​/1462

  • Ram, S. and Goulian, M. (2013), The architecture of a prototypical bacterial signaling circuit enables a single point mutation to confer novel network properties. PLoS Genet, 9(8): e1003706. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1003706. http://​jour​nals​.plos​.org/​plosg…