Romain Lopez


Ph.D. student, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley

Affiliations: Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research & Center for Computational Biology
Advisors: Michael I. Jordan & Nir Yosef
email: romain [underscore] lopez [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

My interests – centered around mathematical statistics and applications to machine learning in biology – have taken a focus on probabilistic modeling of single-cell RNA sequencing data. Its ecosystem includes Bayesian modeling, variational inference and namely approximate posterior inference with neural networks. I am currently the lead contributor of single-cell Variational Inference (scVI).

Master's Thesis opportunities

We offer opportunities for MSc students anywhere in the world to apply for a funded visiting research position at UC Berkeley to work on projects related to scVI (example of assignment I proposed in the past to select the students).


About me

I grew up in small town of southern France (Bedarieux), where I spent my time riding motorcycles, learning and teaching Judo as well as thinking about quantitative models for evaluating the temperature of the different planets of the solar system. I then went through the traditional French system of classes preparatoires in Toulouse at lycée Pierre-de-Fermat. After that, I worked with Laurent Massoulie (Optimal stochastic control on random graphs) at Ecole polytechnique (France) where I received the Diplome d'Ingenieur (2016). After several real-world experiences at Cardiologs (Time-series classification) and in Systems Biology, HMS with Allon Klein (Sparse Matrix Factorization), I decided to maintain this versatile orientation between theory and applications. Recently, I also worked with Le Song at Ant Financial in Hangzhou on Counterfactual Inference and Offline policy optimization.