Harold Pimentel

Harold Pimentel

Assistant Professor
HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellow

University of California, Los Angeles

I recently started as an assistant professor in Computational Medicine and Human Genetics at UCLA in July 2020. Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher in Jonathan Pritchard’s lab at Stanford.

Broadly, I am interested in understanding how genes work in concert through gene regulation to make our bodies function normally. Part of why I find this area so fascinating is the technology is constantly evolving, as are the questions from both the biological side and the modeling side. As the theory evolves, in parallel the technology evolves opening new questions.


  • High dimensional machine learning
  • Functional genomics
  • Gene regulation
  • Cooking, food, coffee


  • PhD in Computer Science, 2016

    University of California, Berkeley

  • MA in Statistics, 2013

    University of California, Berkeley

  • BS in Computer Science, 2010

    California State University, Fullerton