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 (who is now at Princeton). 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.

Latest News

June 2018
I will be attending the Galaxy Community Conference and the Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (GCC/BOSC), which are co-located at Reed in late June.
My NSF CAREER proposal was funded. Holy cow!
May 2018
Summer research has begun! Welcome Sol, Usman, and Kathy, who are joining the lab. Welcome back Miriam and Alex, too. Check out their summer research blog.
Classes are finished! Enjoy summer break.
Ibrahim Youssef's poster on Localized PathLinker has been accepted to the Network Biology track of ISMB! Congratulations.
I visited UC Davis for a workshop on careers in the liberal arts.
April 2018
Congratulations to Nick Franzese '17, who will be starting graduate school in computer science at the University of Maryland in the fall!
I was a panelist for a Reed advising workshop as part of new adviser training.
Our poster describing hypergraph software was accepted to the Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC). Congratulations to my co-authors at Virginia Tech (T. M. Murali and Aditya Pratapa) and USC (Brendan Avent)!
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Biology Department
Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202-8199

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