Bio-X Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2007
Home Department: Bioengineering
Faculty Advisor: Markus Covert (Bioengineering)

Research Title: A whole-cell computational model of mycoplasma genitalium

Research Description: Jayodita, along with her colleagues, built the first comprehensive computational model of a living cell that describes all of the cell’s molecular functions and interactions. Given the complexity of this problem, she started with the smallest known bacterium, the human pathogen Mycoplasma genitalium. The model includes all known gene functions and cellular processes and contains the highest level of detail of such a model to date. She then did experiments to help validate the model, which enables a better understanding of cell physiology and helps uncover unknown cell mechanisms.


Jayodita is the senior director of data science for Included Health, a start-up in San Francisco aiming to navigate patients to more relevant and high-quality healthcare.