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 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.

Latest News

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 2018
I will be giving a lecture on molecular interaction network mining at a Computational Biology Workshop at Carleton College. Looking forward to learning about other people's work through adaptable modules!
Registration is now open for the 3rd annual Pacific Northwest Quantative Biology Symposium (PacNowQB), co-hosted by Reed and OHSU and located at Lewis and Clark College this year. Contact me with any questions - registration is free and there are student poster and talk opportunities.
Aug 2018
Summer research has wrapped up - had a great time with the students for the past ten weeks! Check out some of their posts on the group blog.
Congratulations to Miriam Bern, who received a Student Travel Award for CNB-MAC!
It's official -- our NSF grant on differentially private hypothesis testing has been funded! The grant (with Reed cryptographer Adam Groce as the PI and Reed statistician Andrew Bray as a fellow co-PI) will fund student research on differential privacy for the next three years.
Our work on identifying schizophrenia disease genes associated with cell motility has been selected for a talk at the 5th International Workshop on Computational Network Biology: Modeling, Analysis, and Control (CNB-MAC 2018). Congratulations to the joint first authors Miriam Bern '19 and Alex King '19 and co-author Derek Applewhite.
July 2018
I will be a visiting scholar in the Computational Biology Program at OHSU during my junior leave, working with Emek Demir, Guanming Wu, and continuing a collaboration with George Thomas.
I'm heading to ISMB in Chicago! Ibrahim Youssef will be presenting his poster on Localized PathLinker.
June 2018
Our paper A cell-based assay to investigate non-muscle myosin II contractility via the Folded-gastrulation signaling pathway in Drosophila S2R+ cells has been accepted to the Journal of Visual Experiments (JoVE)! Congratulations to Derek Applewhite, Reed students Corrina Del Valle and Ruth Valsquier, and UNC Chapel Hill co-authors Kimberly Peters, Stephen Rogers, and Elizabeth Detmar.
I attended the Galaxy Community Conference and the Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (GCC/BOSC), which are co-located at Reed. The meeting has a great community, and I presented a poster on a Python package for hypergraphs.
Congratulations to former student Olivier Ezell '16, who is starting medical school at OHSU!
My NSF CAREER proposal was funded. Holy cow!
May 2018
Summer research has begun! Welcome Sol, Usman, and Kathy, who are joining the lab. Welcome back Miriam and Alex, too. Check out their summer research blog.
Classes are finished! Enjoy summer break.
Ibrahim Youssef's poster on Localized PathLinker has been accepted to the Network Biology track of ISMB! Congratulations.
I visited UC Davis for a workshop on careers in the liberal arts.
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Biology Department
Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202-8199

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