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.

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August 2017
Classes are upon us - welcome back! I am teaching Bio331: Computational Systems Biology.
The group went to ACM-BCB in Boston! My postdoctoral researcher Ibrahim Youssef presented a poster titled Breaking Ties in Weighted Interactomes. Students Gio Ramirez and Nick Egan also attended.
Derek Applewhite and I are co-organizing the second Pacific Northwest Quantitative Biology (PacNow QB) Symposium, which will be held at Reed on Friday, September 22. We have arranged a great lineup of speakers.
Check out the CREU team's blog, The Pathway Not Taken (kudos to Alex King for the name).
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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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