Phyloinformatics Lab

Our Team and External Collaborators

The Phyloinformatics Lab was inaugurated on August 15, 2022, as part of UNC Charlotte’s CIPHER research center. We are also always happy to discuss further collaborations.

Meet Our Team

Denis Jacob Machado (he/him) Denis Jacob Machado (he/him) Assistant Professor
Omkar Marne (he/him) Omkar Marne (he/him) Ph.D. student (rotation)
Reyhaneh Nouri (she/her) Reyhaneh Nouri (she/her) Ph.D. student (rotation)
Drashti Mehta (she/her) Drashti Mehta (she/her) Master's student (intern)
Johannes Schultheis (he/him) Johannes Schultheis (he/him) Master's student (external)

External Collaborators

This list is ordered alphabetically (first name). It does not include collaborators from UNC Charlotte or its CIPHER research center.

Elton Popp Antunes (he/him) Elton Popp Antunes (he/him) Zoologist
Fernando Portella de Luna Marques (he/him) Fernando Portella de Luna Marques (he/him) Professor
Gabriel Massami Izumi de Freitas (he/him) Gabriel Massami Izumi de Freitas (he/him) Bioinformaticist
Kary Ocaña (she/her) Kary Ocaña (she/her) Full Researcher
Larry Antonio Jiménez Ferbans (he/him) Larry Antonio Jiménez Ferbans (he/him) Associate Professor
Philippe Vieira Alves (he/him) Philippe Vieira Alves (he/him) Postdoctoral Fellow
Taran Grant (he/him) Taran Grant (he/him) Professor
Vladimir Mashanov (he/him) Vladimir Mashanov (he/him) Associate Research Scientist

The Phyloinformatics Lab promotes equity, equality, diversity, and inclusion in STEM, other academic fields, and the industry. We strive to be a safe and inclusive workspace by creating a sense of community and providing multiple ways for our team to learn, communicate, succeed, and connect new ideas to goals.


Soon we will release opportunities for students (undergraduate and graduate) and postdocs in this section. Come back later if you do not find a position that interests you now, or contact us to talk about the future.



Dr. Jacob Machado has accumulated 10+ years of uninterrupted research funding, including highly competitive awards and an extensive track record of developing and organizing multidisciplinary research projects from São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP, file nos. 2009/00886-3, 2009/13561-5, 2013/05958-8, and 2015/18654-2). These include three long-term projects and a one-year internship that initiated an international collaboration involving the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) and USP in 2016. Furthermore, I Dr. Jacob Machado has been a bioinformatics collaborator of Professor Fernando P. L. Marques (USP) on a four-year project since 2018 (FAPESP, file no. 2018/03534-0). Finally, he collaborated on a long-term grant awarded to Professor Taran Grant (USP) by FAPESP (file no. 2018/15425-0), initiated in July 2019.