Kevin Murgas

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Education:

B.S.E. Duke University (2017)

Current Position:

3rd Year MSTP

1st Year Grad Student

Advisor:

Romeil Sandhu, PhD

Graduate Program:

Biomedical Informatics

Research Interest:

My interests broadly include using quantitative and modeling approaches to utilize genomic and epigenomic data in order to elucidate the underlying causes of complex genetic diseases, including cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. I am also interested in the application of genome- and epigenome-editing techniques (CRISPR-dCas9, etc) as a means of treating these genetic diseases. As an undergraduate, I studied Biomedical Engineering and began to explore my interests in cancer biology and genetics. My previous research has been diverse and includes work in mathematical biology (spatial evolutionary game theory), cellular biology, epigenetics, and neuroscience. Most recently, I have been studying neuronal dynamics in the mouse visual cortex via 2-photon in vivo calcium imaging and modeling. At Stony Brook, I hope to further apply quantitative modeling to study genetic diseases with the ultimate goal of developing tools to advance diagnosis and therapy of these diseases.

Publications:

Murgas, K. A., Wilson, A. M., Michael, V., & Glickfeld, L. L. (2020). Unique spatial integration in mouse primary visual cortex and higher visual areas. Journal of Neuroscience, 40 (9) 1862-1873. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.1997-19.2020

Ryser, M. D., & Murgas, K. A. (2017). Bone Remodeling as a Spatial Evolutionary Game. Journal of Theoretical Biology418, 16–26. doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2017.01.021