Marlena Duda

Welcome! I'm Marlena, a PhD candidate studying computational medicine and bioinformatics at the University of Michigan. I research statistical and data driven approaches for understanding connectivity dynamics in functional brain networks. I am co-mentored by both Chandra Sripada and Danai Koutra as part of the GEMS lab. My research is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, with two years of prior support from the Bioinformatics Training Grant.

In addition to my research I'm involved in several outreach activities aimed at providing STEM education to underserved communities, including FEMMES and the Executive Committee of DCMB Girls Who Code. I'm also an avid distance runner, dog and cat mom, and the owner of a small custom knitting shop.


  • June 2018: Joined Sripada and GEMS labs
  • May 2018: Passed prelims! Officially a PhD candidate!
  • April 2018: Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • March 2018: Presented my poster "Robust Detection of Parkinson's Disease Digital Biomarkers through Data Augmentation and Deep Learning" at GTC 2018 in San Jose, CA.