Welcome!

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.
Sept 2019
I'll be heading to ACM-BCB '19 in Niagara Falls, New York, where my former student Amy Rose Lazarte will be presenting her poster on phytoplankton fitness in freshwater lakes. I'll also be meeting with the ten undergraduate travel awardees - looking forward to it!
Sabbatical is over, which means that classes start! Good luck Reedies and Reed faculty!
August 2019
What a successful PacNow Quantiative Biology Meeting at OHSU on Thursday, Aug 22! Such a great mix of talks and posters from all types of institutions. Thanks to everyone who participated, and special thanks to co-organizers Derek Applewhite (Reed), Cathy Galbraith (OHSU), and Jim Galbraith (OHSU).
Congratulations to the ten undergraduates who received an Undergraduate Travel Award to ACM-BCB '19 in Niagara Falls, New York! See the award website for more details
July 2019
Congratulations to Amy Rose Lazarte '19, whose poster on modeling phytoplankton in freshwater lakes was accepted to ACM-BCB '19! See you all in Niagara Falls.
Posters have gotten a new look - check out two of the recent posters presented at ISMB/ECCB.
I headed to ISMB/ECCB in Switzerland! The meeting was great despite the heat wave. Ananthan Nambiar '19 presented a poster on protein function prediction before heading to UIUC to start a Ph.D. program, my colleague Layla Oesper presented our work on distance measures for tumor trees, and I got a chance to talk about directed hypergraph connectivity.
June 2019
Summer research has begun! Looking forward to working with current and former students (and collaborating with at least six faculty) on new projects.
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