Carla M. Mann

About Me


I am a Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) Ph.D. candidate in the lab of Dr. Drena Dobbs, in Iowa State University's Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology. Our lab's research focuses on using machine learning to predict interactions between RNA and proteins. Recently, we've been collaborating with the Essner and McGrail labs at Iowa State University and the Ekker and Clark labs at the Mayo Clinic to use machine learning to improve genome editing outcomes.

I graduated in 2013 from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL with a degree in Biochemistry and minors in Chemistry and Computers Science. I joined the Iowa State BCB program later that year, and expect to graduate sometime in mid-2018.

My current research project focuses on utilizing information on predicted protein disorder to improve RNA-protein partner prediction. This research will be published in Spring 2018. My collaborative research with members of the Mayo Clinic focuses on improving the efficiency and targeting of genome editing nucleases, as well as reducing the mosaicism of editing outcomes.