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Anna Ritz

Assistant Professor of Biology
Biology Department
Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

In a nutshell, I use computer science to solve biological problems. I joined the Biology Department in the Fall of 2015 after studying how cells respond to external signals as a postdoctoral researcher at Virginia Tech. Before that, I received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Brown University, where I was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and taught a computational thinking class for humanities majors, and I received my B.A. from Carleton College. My research explores different ways to model biological systems using computers, concentrating on the ways diseases such as cancer affect these systems. I am excited to present students with computational methods to use in their biology study and research — my lab is filled with computers! I hope my teaching promotes interdisciplinary learning in a way that attracts a wide array of students, including those typically under-represented in the field.

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