Ray Lab

William C. Ray, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Ray is a PhD and Principal Investigator for the Center. With new technologies and improved techniques for the collection of biological data are invented almost daily. One of the compounded effects of these new and improved methods is the exponential growth of biological databases, and the super-exponential growth of correlative inferences that could be drawn from the data, is it could be mined effectively. Such improvements in our ability to process this data tend to come evolutionarily, leaving researchers further and further behind every day. Fortunately, much of the disparity between the rates of data collection and data comprehension, is often rooted in the application, and continued development of sub-optimal tools, rather than in any fundamental feature of the system. Will’s lab focuses on understanding the disconnect between complex biological systems and currently applied data analysis techniques, and on developing new techniques that are more appropriate to the data and to the end-researcher’s needs.

Wolfgang Rumpf, PhD

Computational Biologist

Wolfgang is a PhD and works in the Ray Lab as a Computational Biologist. He studies a wide array of problems, ranging from protein evolution to infant motion, using a fusion of computational and visualization technologies. Wolfgang teaches graduate-level bioinformatics online at UMUC, where in 2010 he received the “Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award.” He enjoys restoring antique computer hardware and plays AD&D. Occasionally you may see him as a panelist at various Science Fiction conventions here in Ohio.

Annalisa Hartlaub

Research Aide 

Annalisa is an undergraduate student studying neuroscience at The Ohio State University and is a Research Aide who helps to supplement a number of projects in the Ray Lab. The majority of her work focuses on data visualization and improving the implementation of current data analysis techniques. Annalisa is the recipient of the 2016 and 2017 Aida Cannarsa Snow Endowment for undergraduate work in the arts. Outside of the lab, Annalisa spends her time freelancing as a photographer and music journalist.