Our Team

A highly interdisciplinary, cross-university entity, the DataLab serves as a hub for a community of researchers and students from many domains who are interested in data science and pushing the envelope of research in the digital age.

Current Members

Carl StahmerExecutive Director

Carl Stahmer is a digital humanist, leveraging his expertise as a computer programmer and system architect to tackle complex problems in the humanities and beyond. He received his PhD in English from UC Santa Barbara. He is a professor in English and Science and Technology Studies at UC Davis, and teaching faculty at the Rare Book School. His interests include natural language processing, computer vision, and library science.

Pamela ReynoldsAssociate Director

Pamela Reynolds has a background in interdisciplinary research and team science. She manages DataLab’s research projects and training programs. She teaches computational tools and thinking to enable innovation and student success. Pamela received her PhD in Biology from UNC Chapel Hill, and bachelor’s in Biological Sciences and English from UC Davis. She led a global research network for her postdoc. Her interests include experimental design, statistical modeling, and data science pedagogy.

Michele TobiasGeospatial Data Specialist

Michele Tobias is a geospatial data scientist with a background in geospatial methods for ecology. Michele earned her PhD from UC Davis in Geography where she studied California’s sandy beach ecosystem with traditional phytosociological methods and innovative remote sensing tools and was a postdoc at the UC Davis Information Center for the Environment. At DataLab, she applies geospatial tools to new avenues of research across disciplines.

Tyler ShoemakerPostdoctoral Scholar

Tyler Shoemaker is a Postdoctoral Scholar. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from UC Santa Barbara and conducts research on media history and the digital humanities. At the DataLab, Tyler develops and implements methods for text analysis and natural language processing across a variety of research projects, ranging from literary studies to environmental and health sciences.

Wesley BrooksData Scientist

Wesley Brooks is a research data scientist. He holds a PhD in Statistics and an MS in Biostatistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught as a lecturer before joining DataLab. He was a postdoc in the Ecostats lab at the University of New South Wales, studying point processes and ecological statistics. His interests span from statistical computing to spatial statistics, nonparametric regression, and multimodel inference.

Elise HellwigData Scientist

Elise Hellwig is a research data scientist. She holds a BA in Mathematics from Colorado College and graduate degree in Ecology from UC Davis where she investigated spatial variation in climate impacts on California’s agriculture. Elise is dedicated to bringing rigorous data and statistics practices to new groups, from college students to the CA State government. Her interests include statistics, spatial data analysis and visualization, Bayesian regression, and natural language processing.

Nick UlleSenior Data Scientist

Nick Ulle is a statistician and computer scientist. He received a PhD and MS in Statistics from UC Davis, where he developed source code analysis techniques for the R programming language. He also received a BS in Mathematics from UC San Diego. He was a visiting assistant professor of Statistics at UC Berkeley, where he designed and taught courses in data science. His research interests include statistical computing, programming languages, data visualization, and pedagogy.

Oliver KreylosVisualization Researcher

Oliver Kreylos is a computer scientist researching virtual reality and computer graphics, and their application to scientific data analysis. Kreylos received his PhD in Computer Science from UC Davis. He holds master’s degrees in Computer Science from UC Davis and the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Kreylos developed the virtual reality user interface and research applications software for the UC Davis KeckCAVES and AR Sandbox.

Glenda GainesAdministrative Manager

Glenda Gaines holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of California, San Diego. “From the standpoint that all things are political—from the votes we cast, to the food we eat, to the shelter we seek—it is the art of governance that maintains the ability to not only define the human condition but improve upon it.” Glenda Gaines 

We're Hiring!GSR for Experiential Learning

We’re hiring a graduate student to work at DataLab as a GSR for our immersive undergraduate education program. Applicants must have prior teaching experience and expertise in using the R programming language for applied research projects. Candidates can be from any graduate program or group at UC Davis, and must be available for both winter and springs quarter 2024. Contact us datalab-recruit@ucdavis.edu if you are interested in applying.

Faculty Directors

Titus BrownAssociate Professor of Veterinary Medicine

Professor Brown serves as DataLab’s Director for Community Engagement.  The Brown lab focuses on genomic, transcriptomic, and metagenomic sequence analysis. The lab is the primary developer of the khmer software, for faster and more efficient sequence analysis of high-throughput sequencing data. They also run quite a bit of training in data-intensive biology. Professor Brown serves on DataLab recruitment committees, teaches workshops, leads hackathons, and participates in our strategic activities and planning. His lab also runs the “Meet and Analyze (biological) Data” (aka MAD) weekly drop-in office hours.

Vladimir FilkovProfessor of Computer Science

Professor Filkov serves as DataLab’s Director for Translational Data Science.  He is a data scientist specializing in a number of applied areas including Empirical Software Engineering, Systems Biology and Gene Networks in Plants, Applied Network Theory, and Data Mining and Algorithms.

Bala RajaratnamProfessor of Statistics

Professor Rajarantnam serves as DataLab’s Director for Research. He studies the theoretical and applied aspects of high dimensionality and extracting complex multivariate dependencies, including correlation-covariance estimation. His applied projects include applications in health and environmental sciences.

Students and Interns

Aliza Shahab, Administrative

Jalen Lee, Statistics

Sebastian Lopez, Geospatial

Alison Wong, Geospatial

Anita Zhou, Statistics

Faculty Advisory Group

Jason Adams

Assistant Professor Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine.

Nicholas Anderson

Associate Professor in Public Health Sciences, Robert D. Cardiff Professor of Informatics, Division of Health Informatics Chief, Department of Public Health Sciences Informatics Research Director.

Hemant Bhargava

Professor, MBSA Program Chair, Jerome and Elise Suran Chair in Technology Management.

Amber Boydstun

Professor in Department of Political Science, Affiliated Faculty Department of Communication.

C. Titus Brown

Associate Professor at the Genome Center, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Colin Cameron

Professor of Economics.

Chen-Nee Chuah

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science.

Chris Drake

Faculty in Department of Statistics.

Vladimir Filkov

Professor in Computer Science, Co-director of the DECAL lab.

Dalia Ghanem

Associate Professor in Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Tessa Hill

Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences, CMSI Associate Director of Public Engagement.

Patrice Koehl

Professor of Computer Science and Founding Director of the Data Science Initiative.

Laura Marcu

Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Director of the Marcu Lab.

Bala Rajaratnam

Statistics Faculty and Scientific Director at the DataLab.

Naoki Saito

Professor in Department of Mathematics, UC Davis TETRAPODS Institute of Data Science (UCD4IDS) Director.

MacKenzie Smith

UC Davis University Librarian and Vice Provost of Digital Scholarship

Paul Ullrich

Associate Professor of Regional Climate Modeling, Associate Editor for Monthly Weather Review.

Lab Alumni

Graduate Student Researchers

  • Liza Wood is an environmental social scientist who earned a PhD in Ecology with an emphasis in Computational Social Science at UC Davis. Liza studies innovation systems and policies related to agricultural seeds. Her research looks at how plant genetic material is accessed and managed to understand agricultural systems’ readiness for climate change. Liza also holds master’s degrees in Sustainability Science and Organic Farming and has conducted food systems research from a variety of disciplines. Liza was a GSR/TA in experiential learning at DataLab. She is currently a postdoc at the University of Exeter.
  • Breanne Weber was a PhD Candidate in English with an emphasis in Science and Technology Studies. Her research explores 16th and 17th century British literature via the intersections of early scientific and material epistemologies, book history, and the digital humanities. Breanne was a GSR in communications and outreach at DataLab. She is currently a teaching postdoc at the University of Virginia.
  • Jared Joseph was a PhD student in sociology, DataLab affiliate, and DataLab GSR in digital communications. He was a visiting Assistant Professor at Smith College and currently works for the US government.
  • Charlie Fornaca was a Master’s student in Computer Science, and GSR for health data science at DataLab. She currently works in industry.
  • Carrie Alexander was a PhD student in English at UC Davis, and GSR/TA in experiential learning at DataLab. She is currently a postdoc at UC Davis.
  • Chitribhanu Gupta is a PhD student in Computer Engineering, and was a GSR for health informatics at DataLab and the Public Health at UC Davis. 
  • Chris Lucas was a Master’s student in Health Informatics at UC Davis, and GSR for health informatics at DataLab and the Public Health at UC Davis. He currently works in industry.
  • Samuel Pizelo is a PhD student in Science and Technology Studies at UC Davis. He was a GSR in data science at DataLab.

Faculty Advisory Group

  • John Daniels, Statistical Programming Consultant and Systems Administrator for the Social Science Data Service.
  • Paul Dodd, Associate Vice Chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives.
  • Benjamin Houlton, Chancellor’s Fellow, Professor of Global Environmental Studies, and Director of the John Muir Institute for the Environment (JMIE).
  • Prasant Mohapatra, Professor of Computer Science, Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost of Graduate Education.
  • Viji Murali, Chief Information Office and Vice Provost of Information and Educational Technology (IET).
  • Tony Tyson, Distinguished Professor of Physics.

Post-Doctoral Scholars

  • Jane Carlen was a postdoc at the DSI providing data science support for applied research throughout the university, and data science training for students and faculty. She received her PhD in Statistics from UCLA, where she studied social networks with a focus on developing regularized network models and community detection in time-dependent networks. She is currently a data scientist at the LA Times.
  • Dan Hicks is an Assistant Professor at UC Merced. Their postdoc at the DataLab:DSI focused on academic institutional effectiveness. Their research interests include data ethics, science and technology studies, and bibliometrics.
  • Matt Espe was postdoc at the DataLab focused R software development, such as the Rtesseract package. His research interests include agronomy, major crop yields, and data science.

Student Assistants and Interns

  • Data Science Student Analysts: Chandni Nagda, Hiroka Tamura, Jean Zhuge, Jiayin Yang, Shelly Wu, Yanqin Shen, Sarah Gaeta, Anant Mashiana
  • Geospatial Student Analysts: David Li, Elijah Stockwell
  • Statistical Student Analysts: Bi Nguyen
  • Student Interns: Will Schmidt, Lucas Rodriguez, Andrea Yang
  • Design Student Assistants: Jesse Escobar
  • Web Development Student Assistants: Keith Low
  • Student Assistants: Juliet Israel, Ariel Lee

In Memoriam