Meet our team

Adriana Tomic

Spin Boss

As a postdoctoral fellow in the group of prof. dr. Mark M. Davis at the Institute of Immunity, Transplantation and Infection at Stanford University, Adriana developed a computational tool for the application of machine learning to biomedical datasets. During PhD generated recombinant cytomegalovirus as a live attenuated vaccine candidate at the Institute for Virology at the Hannover Medical School, under the supervision of prof. dr. Martin Messerle, and received the MHH Award for the best PhD work.

Most Famous Experiments:

Tomic Cell Paradox

If it looks like a T cells, if it has markers as a T cells, it might just be a T cell

Tomic Overnight Experiment

Results always look better in the morning

Immune Uncertainty Principle

The more data you acquire, less you know

Immune Chaos Theory

The individual components are not as significant as the complete picture.

Ivan Tomic

Electron Chef

Open source researcher & hacker developing new machine learning and computational tools to advance biomedical research.

Most Famous Experiments:

Multi-parallel processing experiment

The more cores , the better

Academic FOSS Experiment

Keeping FOSS alive in academia

One-immunologist-many-questions hypothesis

Balance properly your questions

Bug Paradox

It is never the code, almost always a user

Stephanie Hao

Stephanie Hao

Proton Wizard

Steph holds bachelor’s degrees in Cell & Developmental Biology and Psychology from the University of Rochester, and an MS in Bioinformatics from Johns Hopkins University. Her research has spanned cancer biology, evolutionary genetics, osteomyelitis, and genomics. Most recently, her work focused on using cloud computing to analyze large-scale whole genome sequencing data to discover structural variations in autism spectrum and neuropsychiatric disorders in Mike Talkowski and Harrison Brand labs at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute. Now, Steph joins the Atomic Lab as a PhD student, where she is set to continue her work in interdisciplinary systems immunology.

Most Famous Experiments:

Cat-across-the-keyboard hypothesis

Permit a feline’s passage over the keys to inadvertently solve errors.

Dream-Solution Hypothesis

Sleep on your problem and wake with the solution.

Coffee Black Hole Hypothesis

All coffee consumed vanishes into a void, perpetually leaving one unsatisfied and forever needing more.

Center of Data Chaos Theory

Pierce through the swirl of confusing data to identify the straightforward answer at its heart.

Matthew Fish

Postdoctoral Associate

Matt completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor Manu Shankar-Hari at King’s College London. Using a systems immunology approach, Matt investigated the sepsis immune trajectory and identified conserved and unique features of immune responses in sepsis. Matt’s current work is on investigating the role of memory CD8 T cell responses to viruses and understanding human immune responses to live attenuated influenza vaccine.

Most Famous Experiments:

Tea Theory

If the experiment works or not – have a cuppa

Gordian Knot

Complex questions need simple, creative solutions. Cut straight through the knot (to the point!).

The infinite Questions

With one question answered, several more appear.

Schrodinger's immune system

We don’t know until we look, but something is definitely happening.

DALL·E Picasso painting style of Tardis



SIMON is the go-to member of the lab, always ready to help. However, due to being famous, hard to catch sometimes.

Most Famous Experiments:

Anything goes paradox

Prepare your data carefully

Stop me if you can experiment

When the analysis starts, SIMON can run forever

DALL·E Picasso painting style of Tardis


Bigger on the inside

Tardis is the Atomic lab’s favorite high-performing server. When we sleep Tardis keeps working, and thus might be considered the most valuable member of the lab.

Most Famous Experiments:

Freeze-in-the-middle paradox

Always freeze in the middle of the processing

One-code-many-updates hypothesis

Update one package and dependencies will fall

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