Varsha Dhankani

Bioinformatics Scientist

Varsha Dhankani is a Bioinformatics Scientist in the Shmulevich Lab at ISB. She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from M.B.M. Engineering College in India, and a master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington. At ISB, she is applying her programming and analytical skills to develop tools and analysis methods for biological data. Her expertise lies in analyzing and visualizing large scale data like DNA sequences and gene expression levels to unveil associations between molecular aberrations and clinical phenotypes.

Varsha is interested in developing, enhancing, and applying data analysis methods to analyze and make sense of large scale biological data.

1. Dhankani V, Gibbs DL, Knijnenburg T, Kramer R, Vockley J, Niederhuber J, Shmulevich I and Bernard B (2016) Using Incomplete Trios to Boost Confidence in Family Based Association Studies. Front. Genet. 7:34. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2016.00034
2. Dhankani V, Kutz JN, Schiffer JT (2014) Herpes Simplex Virus-2 Genital Tract Shedding Is Not Predictable over Months or Years in Infected Persons. PLoS Comput Biol 10(11): e1003922. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003922

MS, Applied Mathematics, University of Washington, 2012
BE, Computer Science and Engineering, M.B.M. Engineering College, India, 2006

statistical analysis and inference
large scale data processing
data visualization
(Python, R, MATLAB, Vim, Unix)