Marcella Gomez

Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics



Nicholas Rondoni 

PhD Candidate, Applied Mathematics 



Sam Teymoori

PhD Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering 



Giovanny Marquez

PhD Candidate, Applied Mathematics

Manasa Kesapragada

PhD Candidate, Applied Mathematics


Ksenia Zlobina

Research Scientist




 Hayley Coyle, Applied Mathematics 

2022 UCSC Earth Futures Fellow 




Eliana Phillips, Scientific Computing & Applied Mathematics Master's Student

Position after UCSC: Programmer Analyst I at NCIRE (Northern California Institute for Research and Education)

My research interests involve designing and using computational and mathematical tools to analyze biological data.




Bethany Johnson, PhD, Applied Mathematics

Position after UCSC: Assistant Professor, Cal Poly Humboldt

2019 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellow, *co-advised with Steve Munch at NOAA

Bethany Johnson is a Ph.D. graduate of UC Santa Cruz in the department of Applied Mathematics. She received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a B.A. in Pure Mathematics from Sonoma State University in 2017. Her research interests lie in the realm of systems ecology. Specifically, she studies spatiotemporal dynamics of interacting species in complex ecological systems.

Brett Sargent, SciCAM Master's Program and Next Gen. SAM Scholar, Applied Mathematics

Position after UCSC: Data analyst at OB Media 

My primary research interests include data-driven modeling and optimization, particularly focusing on machine learning. My previous research experience includes projects in the fields of computer vision and financial machine learning. My current research activities involve modeling cellular dynamics using time series prediction methods.



 Mohammad Jafari

Postdoctoral Researcher

Position after UCSC: Assistant Professor of Robotics Engineering in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Mohammad Jafari is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Applied Mathematics at UC Santa Cruz, working with Prof. Marcella Gomez group. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2018 and his second M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering in 2015; both from the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his first M.S. in Mechatronics Engineering in 2012, and his B.S. in Computer Hardware Engineering in 2007; both from Iran. His research interests are Multi-Agent Systems, Cyber-Physical Systems, Intelligent Control, Robotics, and Machine Learning. 

Bashir Hosseini Jafari 

Postdoctoral Researcher

Position after UCSC: Robotics Controls Engineer in Research & Development, at Vicarious Surgical Inc. 

Jiahao Xue, MS Computer Science and Engineering 

Position after UCSC: PhD program in Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida

I am a master student in computer science and engineering and my research area is robotics and control. I would like to investigate control theorem, optimization and machine learning. If you have any idea feel free to contact me!


Krishanakant Dasika, MS Applied Mathematics

Position after UCSC: Biology Systems Modeller at Rosa and Co., a Quantitative Systems Pharmacology modeling company


 Jianhong Chen, MS Applied Mathematics UCSC


Position after UCSC: Research Statistician at NCIRE- The Veterans Health Research Institute, UCSF


 Lauren Benezra, MS Applied Mathematics UCSC

Lauren is interested in the mathematical applications / processes of the cell-based and plant-based meat industry and works on the engineering team for Memphis Meats.

Position after UCSC: Engineer at Memphis Meats


Former Undergraduate Researchers

Han Chen

Han Chen was an undergraduate student at UC Santa Cruz studying bioinformatics and computer science. His research interests are in bioinformatics and biological networks. 

Position after UCSC: PhD program in Bioengineering at UC San Diego 

Nicholas Lenz, B.S. Applied Mathematics UCLA
Position after UCSC: Research Intern at NeuroLutions.
Interests: real-time DSP, machine learning, and control.
Admitted to M.Eng. in ECE with a concentration in Data Analytics & Machine Learning

BD2K Summer Scholars


Luis F Mieses Gomez

Briknie Baez Rodriguez


 Hector Carrion Rivera



Summer 2019