I am an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Reed College. My research explores different ways to model biological systems using computers, concentrating on how diseases such as cancer affect these systems.

Before joining Reed in 2015, I was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, working with T. M. Murali. I developed graph and hypergraph algorithms for signaling pathway prediction.

I received my PhD in 2012 from the Department of Computer Science at Brown University, advised by Ben Raphael. My dissertation focused on analyzing structural variants in human and cancer genomes. I received my Master's from Brown in 2008 for work in motif identification from phosphoproteomic data.

I received my undergraduate degree from Carleton College in 2006. Advised by Dave Musicant, I worked with chemists to develop useful and scalable tools to analyze atmospheric particles.

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April 2017
I am attending the NCWIT Regional Award Ceremony for the high school Aspirations in Computing award. Congratulations to the award winners!
March 2017
I reviewed poster submissions for the Grace Hopper Celebration - good luck applicants!
I reviewed applications for the Grace Hopper Celebration Faculty Scholarships - good luck applicants!
I attended a CRA-Women's Early Career Mentoring Workshop in Seattle.
I attended SIGCSE 2017 in Seattle.
February 2017
Ibrahim gave a talk at the Biology Department seminar about mathematical models of disease outcome analysis in cancer.
I gave a guest lecture in Topics in Biology (Bio102) about the computational challenges of de novo genome assembly.
I reviewed applications for the NCWIT College Award - good luck applicants!
I am a co-chair of the Biologial Modeling track of ACM-BCB'17.
January 2017
Welcome Ibrahim Youssef, a new postdoctoral researcher in my lab.
Spring classes are about to begin! I am teaching Introduction to Computational Biology (Bio131) and a seminar on Computational Cancer Biology (Bio431).
Bio331 Final Projects are posted on the course web page - nice work everyone.
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Anna Ritz


Biology Department
Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202-8199

Email aritz-at-reed-dot-edu

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