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.
May 2019
I will be giving not one, but two talks at the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference in Madison, WI.
I am heading to Nashville, TN to the NCWIT Summit, where I will receive an Undergraduate Mentoring Award!
Summer students have been accepted to work in the lab! Congratulations to Jiarong, Tunc, and Kayla (current students) and Alex and Amy Rose (soon-to-be post-bacs). Looking forward to a fun summer.
Apr 2019
I won NCWIT's Undergraduate Research Mentor Award - holy cow! Thanks to Reed for the nice press release.
Our paper on pathway connectivity has been accepted to GLBio! Congrats to my co-authors, read the preprint on bioarXiv.
Check out our recent paper on compartment-constraint pathway reconstructions (great work by my postdoc Ibrahim) on bioarXiv.
Layla's paper (with a little help from me) on measures for tumor tree comparisons has been accepted to RECOMB-CCB! Congrats to her and the other Carleton College undergraduate co-authors. Read the preprint on bioarXiv.
Mar 2019
I attended Multi-Omics: Tools for unraveling biological complexity and disease, hosted by OHSU core services and the Epigenetics Consortium with a talk by Jonathan Bibliowicz from Illumina.
I made it to cold, snowy Minneapolis for the 50th installment of SIGCSE - the major computer science education conference.
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Biology Department
Reed College
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Portland, OR 97202-8199

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