Claudia Solís-Lemus

I am an assistant professor at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Originally from Mexico City, I did my Undergraduate degrees in Actuarial Sciences and Applied Mathematics at ITAM. Then, I did a MA in Mathematics and a PhD in Statistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, running, biking, climbing and yoga!

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Office 3164 Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
Office 476 Department of Plant Pathology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53715
Phone: (608) 316-4568

Email: solIislemusdon't@wantspam! wSoipleasesleave cme.alonee!du
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Affiliations at UW-Madison: Department of Statistics, Department of Mathematics, Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, JF Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution, Quantitative Biology Initiative, Center for Genomic Science Innovation

Postdocs and Research Fellows

Rosa Aghdam is a researcher in the area of Statistics and Bioinformatics. Her work is focused on the statistical and computational methods for learning microbiome networks. She earned her PhD in Statistics from Shahid Beheshti university in Iran.
Ben Rush (he/him) is a post-doctoral researcher collaborating with Wisconsin Fast Plants and co-mentored with John Garrett. His research focuses on using artificial intelligence to analyze genomes and images of bacteria, and to analyze medical images. He obatined a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Masters of Public Health from Indiana University-Bloomington. Ben also enjoys science communication, chocolate, comedy, and going on adventures with friends.
Sungsik (Kevin) Kong is a post-doctoral research associate. Kevin is a computational evolutionary biologist who is interested in statistical and computational problems surrounding phylogenetic network estimation and their applications in practice. Kevin conferred his Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismic Biology at the Ohio State University and B.Sc. & M.Sc. at University of Toronto, Canada. Kevin likes traveling and long-distance biking. Emailto:

Graduate students

Nathan Kolbow is a Biostatistics Ph.D. student. His research focuses on the statistical and computational methods for estimating phylogenetic trees and networks. His undergraduate education was in Statistics and Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. [github]
Xudong Tang is a MS student in Statistics: Data Science. He works on neural network models on soil micobiome data to predict characteristics of potato growth. His completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Evan Gorstein is a PhD student in statistics. He works on high dimensional mixed effect models for microbiome data. He completed his undergraduate degree in math and statistics at the University of Chicago.
Hailey is a Statistics MS student. She works on inference of viral DNA sequences from phylogenetic trees and corresponding estimation of ancestral DNA sequences in plant viruses. She received her BA in Statistics from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

Undergraduate students

Yibo Kong is a sophomore undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science and Data Science. He works on unsupervised learning of phylogenetic trees.
Lakes (Mengze) Tang is a junior undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. He works on testing the performance of neural networks on simulated genetic data.
Tianyi Xu is a sophmore undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science, Data Science and Mathematics. He works on network analysis of soil microbiome data.
Yunju Ha is a junior undergraduate student majoring in Statistics and Computer Science. She works on applying machine learning techniques using DXA/BIS methods for sarcopenia research.
Rohan Sonthalia is a visiting junior undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science. He works on applying transformer models to unlabelled genomic data, along with other embedding techniques such as AutoEncoders, as an extension of the BioKlustering Project.

Emotional support staff

Alfalfa is a mix of cattle dog and border collie. She is passionate about squirrels and other small mammals. In her free time, she likes to study the cushiness properties of grass and the taste of Madison lakes in different seasons.
Former resident of the Dane County Humane Society, Kris is a small orange cat, full of feist with an ear for the piano. When she's not hiding under a bed or staring out a window, Kris enjoys attacking her closest stuffed friend Mr. Banana, eating houseplants, and chasing twist ties across the house.

Past members

  • Yuke Wu (BS Computer Science, Statistics, UW-Madison 2023) developed the BioKlustering web application for learning and visualization of genomic data. She is attending Software Engineering MS program at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Zhaoxing Wu (BS Statistics, Mathematics, Data Science, UW-Madison 2023) developed the Julia package PhyloDiamond: an ultrafast learning of 4-node hybridization cycles in phylogenetic networks using algebraic invariants. She is attending Statistics PhD program at the University of Washington-Seattle
  • Reed Nelson (BS Computer Science, Mathematics, Philosophy, UW-Madison 2023) developed MiNAA: Microbiome Network Alignment Algorithm, as well as the Latinx in Stat Database and the Forensic-Statistic Database.
  • Marianne Bjørner (MS in Computer Sciences, UW-Madison 2022). They worked on the performance of hybrid detection methods on simulated hybridization scenarios. They are currently working at Epic as software engineer.
  • Sam Ozminkowski (MS Statistics, UW-Madison 2022). He worked on Bayesian models with network predictors, specifically focusing on microbiome networks. He is pursuing his PhD in Statistics at Northwestern University.
  • Fardeen Meeran (BS Computer Science, UW-Madison 2022). He worked in a web app to visualize phylogenetic networks.
  • Zhaoyi Zhang (BS Computer Science, Data Science, Mathematics, UW-Madison 2022). He tested the applicability of deep neural networks to genomic datasets to predict important phenotypes. He will work as a Software Engineer at Oracle after graduation.
  • Elaine Wu (BS Computer Science, UW-Madison 2022) is currently a MS student in Carnegie Mellon.
  • Yunyi Shen (MS Statistics, Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison 2021) worked on graphical selection of Gaussian chain graph models using Bayesian LASSO and Spike-and-Slab LASSO methods, their theories, interpretations and applications in microbiome. He is attending EECS PhD program at MIT affiliated with LIDS.
  • Nicole Athanasiou (BS Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Environmental Studies, UW-Madison 2021) created interactive web application for biologists to determine their sample size in experiments.
  • Shengwen Yang (MS Data Science, UW-Madison 2021) worked on the symmetry preserving Neural Network models for phylogenetic inference.
  • Yuren Sun (BS Computer Science, Mathematics, and Economics, UW-Madison 2021) worked on the applications of neural network models in the classifications of animals and pseudomonas sequence data. She will attend MSCS program at Stanford University in Fall 2022.
  • Songyang Cheng (BBA, Information Systems + Computer Science, UW-Madison 2021). He tested the applicability of neural network models to microbial genomic datasets to predict important phenotypes like those related to antibiotic resistance. He is attending MEng EECS program at UC-Berkeley.
  • Junting Wang (BS Statistics, UW-Madison 2020) is attending UMichigan at the Statistics PhD program
  • Ritika Mittal (BS Computer Science, UW-Madison 2022) worked on user-friendly open-source software that would allow biologists to visualize complex phylogenetic networks.
  • Lareina Liu (BS Statistics, UW-Madison 2020). She is starting ADS Masters Program at USC in Fall 2020
  • Yizhou Liu (BS Computer Science + Mathematics, UW-Madison 2021) worked on user-friendly open-source software for WI Fast Plants. He is attending INI program at CMU
  • Yifan Wu (BS Computer Engineering, UW-Madison 2020)
  • Yuzheng Zhang (BS Computer Sciences, UW-Madison 2021)
  • Liule Yang
  • Zhiwen Xu
  • Chunrong Huang


The Solis-Lemus lab is located in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, which provides immense opportunities for interdisciplinary connections and networking for students and postdocs!
  • If you are an undergraduate student:
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    • currently enrolled (or soon to start) at UW-Madison interested in joining the lab or doing a rotation, read here
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    • wanting to apply for a postdoc position in the lab, read here
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New positions funded by NSF CAREER