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 on 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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Postdoc Position
I am looking for a computational postdoc to join the lab. This is a full-time one-year position, with possibility for renewal. The start date is flexible, encouraging applications from researchers close to finishing their degrees. Contact me with any questions.
Dec 2019
Fall classes have finished! Enjoy winter break.
Amy Rose Lazarte's and my paper about undergraduate conference attendance was accepted to the 5th International Conference on Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT), part of SIGCSE in the spring! Congratulations to Amy Rose and thanks to all the students who participated in the surveys.
Ibrahim Youssef's paper on compartment-constrained pathway reconstruction (Localized PathLinker) is finally out in BMC Bioinformatics! This was a long effort that began as an accepted paper at BIBM 2018. Thanks to Virginia Tech graduate student Jeff Law for his work.
Nov 2019
The upper-level Computational Systems Biology class flew to San Diego for the IEEE Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM). I also presented a paper by Alex King '19, Ibrahim Youssef, and myself about network-based disease gene prediction at the 10th Workshop on Integrative Data Analysis in Systems Biology (IDASB).
Our paper led by Layla Oesper at Carleton College was accepted to Bioinformatics! Congratulations to the student first authors Kiran Tomlinson and Zach DiNardo.
Summer student Tayla Isensee presented her work as a poster at the Murdock College Science Research Conference in Vancouver, WA. This meeting is great every year to see the excellent undergraduate research in the pacific northwest.
Oct 2019
Reed celebrated the inauguration of President Audrey Bilger, which was a wonderful welcome for our new president. The inauguration included a student research showcase, and Tunc Kose and Jiarong Li presented their work from the summer.
I gave a talk at the Mathematics and Statistics Department at Washington State University, Vancouver - what a wonderful department! The great mountain views were a bonus.
Our paper on factors affecting network-based gene prediction across diverse diseases was accepted at the 10th Workshop on Integrative Data Analysis in Systems Biology (IDASB)! Congratulations to student first author Alex King '19 and co-author Ibrahim Youssef.
Our major paper on hypergraph connectivity measures was accepted to PLOS Computational Biology! This was an invited collection based on the paper accepted at the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference (GLBio) 2019. Congratulations to co-authors T.M. Murali at Virginia Tech, Adam Groce at Reed, and student first authors Nick Franzese!
Sept 2019
I gave the Reed Bio Department seminar talk, where I spoke about two main projects that have been inspired by student thesis and summer research.
I headed to ACM-BCB '19 in Niagara Falls, New York, where my Amy Rose Lazarte '19 presented her poster on phytoplankton fitness in freshwater lakes. I also met the undergraduate travel awardees!
Sabbatical is over, which means that classes start! Good luck Reedies and Reed faculty!
Ananthan Nambiar '19 was recognized in the annual "What is a Reedie, Anyway?"article in the Reed Magazine.
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Biology Department
Reed College
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