I am a computational biologist working on problems related to the biology underlying complex traits. My main interest is the intersection of data science and molecular & evolutionary biology, through which we can follow patterns in biological data to gain insights into how biological systems work.
I completed my PhD in Informatics (2019)* and MSc in Bioinformatics (2015) in the lab of Dr. Anna Kukekova at the University of Illinois, where I worked on the Russian Farm Fox Experiment. I am currently a postdoctoral research associate in her lab. In February 2020, I will be moving to the University of Pennsylvania as a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Casey Greene’s lab.
Prior to that, I received an MPhil in Human Evolutionary Genetics (2013) working on the association between language and genetics with Dr. Toomas Kivisild at the University of Cambridge, and an ScB (2011) in Human Biology working with Dr. James Morgan in the Metcalf Infant Research Lab at Brown University, where my honors thesis tested classification versus clustering models of speech perception.
*I will formally receive the degree at Illinois’ December 2019 graduation, but I passed my defense in May 2019