Welcome!

I am an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Reed College. My research explores different ways to computationally model biological systems, 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.

Latest News

Sep 2020
We're having a great time at the ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (ACM-BCB)! Two papers (led by Tobias Rubel '19 and Ananthan Nambiar '19) and three posters (by Gabe Preising '20 and current students Frank Zhuang and Larry Zeng) were presented, complete with videos. Well done everyone - way to represent Reed CompBio!
I was on a panel about Industry and Academia Careers in Bioinformatics: Current Trends and Prospects for the Future at the Computational Structural Bionformatics Workshop as part of ACM-BCB.
Computer science colleagues and I have an accepted panel on virtual teaching practices at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC-NW) in October! Thanks to Tammy VanDeGrift at University of Portland, Shereen Khoja at Pacific University, and Haiyan Cheng at Willamette University - wonderful group of computer scientists.
Classes have begun! I am teaching a hybrid class, with some in-person students and some remote students. Looking forward to the semester.
Aug 2020
Welcome to Pramesh Singh, a new postdoctoral researcher in the group! Pramesh did his PhD at RPI in physics, and was most recently at the University of Houston working on complex network analysis.
Our paper led by Derek Applewhite's group, including first author Amy Platenkamp '16, on a Rab-specific GTPase-activating protein, RN-tre, and its role in non-muscle myosin localization and function is now out in Molecular Biology of the Cell! Congrats to all co-authors.
The NSF ASCEND Computer Science Alliance meetings have begun! Looking forward to connecting to more women in computer science in the Pacific Northwest.
Summer & BLM
Amazing research took place in the group (despite the odds). Huge kudos to the current (Jiarong Li, Aryeh Stahl, Alex Richter, Larry Zeng, and Frank Zhuang) and former students (Tobias Rubel, Gabe Preising, and Ananthan Nambiar). Read about kicking off the summer and the summer recap.
The Black Lives Matter protests in Portland received national attention with over 100 days of consecutive protests. I thank the members of my group and the Reed community who have participated in this and other anti-racism activities. I wrote about my personal commitment to anti-racism practices.
2020 & COVID
Classes in the spring moved online, and we were treading water for a while.
Welcome to Tobias Rubel, who graduated in the Fall of 2019 and is now working in the compbio group.
Amy Rose Lazarte and I presented our paper at RESPECT - we attended in person and our talk was live-streamed in the fastest-ever conversion to an online conference. It was a great first virtual conference to attend.
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Biology Department
Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202-8199

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