Aleksandra (Aleks, Ola) Karolak

Assistant Professor and Member

Education and Positions

2021 – present   Assistant Professor and Member, Moffitt Cancer Center, Department of Machine Learning, Division of Quantitative Science, Tampa, FL

2019 – 2021   Assistant Research Professor at City of Hope, Division of Mathematical Oncology, Departments of Computational and Quantitative Medicine and Population Sciences, Duarte, CA

2018 – 2019   H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology postdoctoral fellowship, Genome Data Science, IRB Barcelona, Spain

2015 – 2018   Postdoctoral Researcher at Moffitt Cancer Center, Department of Integrated Mathematical Oncology, Tampa, FL     

2010 – 2015   PhD in Biophysical and Computational Chemistry, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

1995 – 2000   MSc in Metal-Organic Chemistry, Maxima Cum Laude, Individual Curriculum, Adam Mickiewicz University, Posen, Poland


Katherine Rodriguez

Undergraduate Student

Katherine is an undergraduate senior at the University of South Florida, majoring in biomedical sciences and minoring in aging sciences. As a research trainee in the Machine Learning Department, Katherine is eager to learn by working with Aleksandra Karolak, PhD, and many other renowned researchers. She anticipates that the experience will contribute to her success in investigating the intersections of human biology, microgravity, and machine learning at the graduate level. Katherine also volunteers as a research assistant for the Evans-Nguyen Mass Spectrometry Lab in the Chemistry Department at USF. Outside of her academic and professional pursuits, Katherine is a Tampa native that enjoys reading, exploring downtown, and engaging in on-campus activities.


2018 - 2022   B.S. in Biomedical Sciences, University of South Florida. Currently a 4th year senior with a 3.5 overall GPA

2014 – 2018   High School Diploma, Walter L. Sickles High School. Graduated with honors and a 3.98 GPA