Christoph Rau, Principal Investigator
  • Ph.D, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, UCLA
  • B.S., Mathematical Biology, Harvey Mudd College

Christoph joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill one week before the campus shut down due to COVID-19.  Prior to his time at UNC, he completed his PhD at UCLA under Jake Lusis followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Yibin Wang.  There, he studied the genetic regulation of heart failure in mouse models, with a focus on DNA methylation, GWAS, and gene co-expression networks.  He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Computational Medicine Program and the Department of Genetics.  He is a member of the McAllister Heart Insitute at UNC, and a faculty member in the GMB and BCB Graduate Programs.


Caiti Lahue, Research Technician
  • B.S.,  Cellular and Molecular Biology, UNC Asheville

Caiti joined the lab in January 2021 and has been working on in vitro analyses of suspected heart failure genes using primary isolated cardiomyocytes.  Prior to joining the lab, she was a technician at NC State, where she worked on a project characterizing new yeast isolates for how well they could be used to bake bread – a very topical project for the pandemic!

Postdoctoral Fellows

Sriram Ravindran (Arriving January 3rd)

Rotation Students – Winter 2021/2022

Brian Gural

Brian is interested in investigating the functional mechanisms of genes we have found to be implicated in heart failure. After completing his B.S. in Biochemistry/Toxicology at Rutgers, he utilized CRISPR/Cas9 to generate and characterize zebrafish models of rare muscular dystrophies. Outside of the lab, Brian loves cycling, bouldering, trying new recipes, and caring for his 57 plants


Teresa McGee

Teresa is interested in developing new computational techniques for analyzing complex genomic states. Before joining the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program she earned her B.S. in Genetics at Texas A&M University and studied transcription factors regulating lung cancer metastasis at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.


Undergraduate Students

Aryan Dalal

  • Sophmore, Major: Biostatistics
Aryan joined the lab in August 2021. He is interested in in vitro analyses of genes associated with heart failure within primary isolated cardiomyocytes and fibroblasts as well as the regulation of heart failure in mouse models.   Aryan enjoys playing basketball and cheering on his favorite NBA team, the Toronto Raptors.



Nina Nishiyama – Rotation Student – Winter 2020

Will Lee – Rotation Student – Spring 2021

Abdalla Alkhawaja – Rotation Student – Fall 2021

Kwame Forbes – Rotation Student – Fall 2021