I recently completed my Ph.D. through Duke University’s Computational Biology and Bioinformatics program, conducting research under the guidance of Dr. David Goldstein.

My research explores the development and application of methods to detect bioinformatic signatures of purifying selection through the analysis of sequence data, in order to identify disease causing genetic mutations. I am a recipient of the NIH F31 Predoctoral National Research Service Award.

I have been programming professionally since 2004 and developing computational approaches to biological research since 2010. I received my B.Sc. in Life Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Throughout the second half of my undergraduate degree at Hebrew University, I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Liran Carmel  on a variety of computational biology research projects, which emphasized next-generation sequencing data analysis and included disease gene discovery.

Prior to receiving my undergraduate degree, I served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) intelligence branch for three years from 2004 to 2007, where I both led and participated in the development of critical systems. During my time in the IDF, I was awarded the Intelligence Branch Unit Excellence Certificate for outstanding work.

My research interests lie in harnessing the vast computational resources available today to explore and better understand genetics and genomics.

You can contact me at ayal@ayalgussow.com.