I am a Research Scientist in the University of Maryland Institute for Advance Computer Studies (UMIACS), Faculty member in the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB), and member of the Pop lab at the University of Maryland College Park. I received my Phd in 2008 in Computer Science from the Polytecnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain (advised by Prof. Xavier Messeguer). Over the past 15 years, I have spent time as a software engineer, graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, bioinformatics scientist, and principal investigator in eight research labs spanning four different countries.
Over the past decade, I have been focused on developing bioinformatics software and analysis pipelines designed to facilitate hypothesis-driven biological research. Given the challenges presented by large‐scale data analysis, I have strived to develop bioinformatics software firmly built upon efficient algorithms and compact data structures. Although the prevalence of high‐throughput technologies has generated an immense wealth of raw experimental data, the biological insight available within this rich (meta)genomic data remains largely untapped. Current research problems that have captured my attention, such as metagenome assembly and multiple genome alignment, are both prime examples of problems that are computationally intractable to provide optimal solutions and thus require clever heuristics to effectively uncover the biological relationships contained within the data.