I completed my B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science at the University of Utah between 2000 and 2008, and completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2014 at the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Dr. Tandy Warnow.
I am currently a postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Vineet Bafna's lab at UCSD. My current research topic is the impact of viral integration in cancer cell evolution.
I started my postgraduate career at the Carl R. Woese Institute of Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois in 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Rebecca Stumpf, Dr. Bryan White, and Dr. Tandy Warnow. My postdoctoral research topics analyses included comparative analyses of the microbiomes of primates, phylogenomic analyses of lice, and the development of novel methods for sequence homology detection and multiple sequence alignment.
When I am not working as an academic, I spend my time playing guitar and learning to sing. Regrettably, since academia is a full-time job, both skills are very lacking and would get me booted from American Idol within the first round.