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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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.
Jan 2019
I have updated the Opportunities page with summer research and scholarship information. I have also updated the posters have that been presented at conferences. Take a look!
I had a great visit with computational biologists at Harvey Mudd College when I was in the area.
My Nifty assignment submission to SIGCSE was rejected, but I'm keeping the materials online. Check out a draft assignment to visualize animal social networks.
Dec 2018
I presented Ibrahim's paper on Localized PathLinker at BIBM 2018 in Madrid. Congrats on the publication Ibrahim and our co-author Jeff Law at Virginia Tech!
Nov 2018
Sol Taylor-Brill '20 and Kathy Thompson '20 presented their work on CancerLinker at the 27th Murdock College Science Research Conference in Vancouver, WA. This will represent their efforts integrating cancer data with PathLinker over the summer.
Oct 2018
I went to the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) Northwest Regional Conference at UW-Bothell. It was great meeting other computer science faculty in the pacific northwest!
Congratulations to Ibrahim Youssef, whose paper Integrating Protein Localization with Automated Signaling Pathway Reconstruction was accepted at the International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM)! Thank you Ibrahim and co-author Jeff Law (at Virginia Tech) for your hard work.
Amy Platenkamp will be presenting a poster on RN-tre, which regulates non-muscle myosin II localization and function, at ASCB/EMBO in San Diego in December. Congratulations to Amy, Derek Applewhite, and the other co-authors of that work!
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Biology Department
Reed College
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