Research Computing Team



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Rufus Behr

Research Software Engineer

Rufus Behr is responsible for designing and implementing well-engineered software solutions that enhance research productivity and reliability. He earned his BSc in Computing Science and Mathematics from the University of Aberdeen, where his undergraduate thesis was on Author-styled Latin Text Generation. His prior work experience includes developing software in insurance, finance, and academic research settings. 

Serena Caplins, PhD

Associate Bioinformatician

Serena has extensive experience with non-model organism genomics, including de novo genome or transcriptome assembly, genome annotation, genome liftover, variant calling, and population genetics. She is eager to help biologists with their computing needs and is skilled in experimental design (GWAS, Population genetics, and quantitative genetics), data analysis, and visualization in RStudio. Serena earned her PhD from UC Davis in Population Biology.  

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Joseph Cooke, PhD

Computational Scientist

Joseph assists researchers across multiple departments with utilizing high performance computing (HPC) resources through direct interactions. He has been working with HPC resources to model magnetic materials, including studying magnetization and energy flow with a primary focus on numerical stability in spin-lattice dynamics since 2014. Joseph also has experience in benchmarking scientific code to determine optimal run conditions on HPC resources. He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Tara Ketchem

            Documentation, Training & Outreach                       Specialist       

Tara is tasked with the goal of bridging documentation and communication across the teams in the Academic & Research Technologies department. She has a B.A. in Rhetoric and Writing Studies from Western Michigan University. She has been working in technical writing and document management since 2014. 

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Timothy Rudenko

HPC Systems Administrator

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Greg Shomo

Senior HPC Administrator

Greg came to Northeastern’s Research Computing team with over 22 years of experience working at TechSquare as a computer consultant and trainer. He specializes in Linux in higher education and research environments. He has also managed high-performance computing resources systems at numerous universities, including MIT, Tufts, and Northeastern for over 20 years. 

Student Assistants

Neelima Cherukuri

Assistant Bioinformatician Co-op

Rakshith Dharmappa

Assistant Content Developer

Ziqing Lin

Assistant Computational Scientist Co-op

Hrishikesh Sanjay Pawar

Graduate Research Assistant

Vrushali Phaltankar

Graduate Research Assistant

Girish Pillai

Graduate Research Assistant

Paarthvi Sharma

Graduate Research Assistant

Prajwal Shenoy

Graduate Research Assistant

Research Computing Student Alumni

Akhil Ajikumar

Rohin Arora

Prasad Bandarkar

Srinjoy Chakravarty

Keval Paresh Chheda

Jiali Cheng

Faustin Combe

Gabriela Henao Cure

Deena Dasarathan

Gaurang Davda

Rhea Dcosta

Aakanksha Duggal

Prasanth Dwadasi

Sarah Gracia

Khajan Joshi

Karan Sunil Joisher

Keerthana Jaikumar Kolimarla

Nikhil Manikonda

Rohit Nair

Surya Periaswamy

Arjun Prashanth

Sriram Ravindran

Aparna Shelar

Prajwal Shenoy

Nitish Tyagi

Let’s Work Together

Enabling you to advance your research is our mission. Reach out to us with questions, issues, and concerns so we can provide you with the assistance you need.