About Me

I am a Senior Scientist in the data science group at Sage Bionetworks.

I performed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Dermatology Branch of the Center for Cancer Research of the National Cancer Institute. I work in the Lab of Dr. Isaac Brownell. My focus is on genomic analysis of Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare, viral associated, aggressive neuroendocrine skin cancer. I am integrating a number of high-throughput molecular analyses on tissue samples and cell lines from MCC tumors. My goals are to learn about the mechanisms of tranformation, identify recurrent somatic mutations, identify druggable targets, and develop a pre-clinical mouse model. I joined Dr. Brownell's lab not only to apply my experience in bioinformatics and computational biology, but also to work closely with an experimental laboratory to learn bench and mouse model techniques. I received a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) from the NCI in 2011.

I earned my Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine working with Professors Pierre Baldi and Suzanne Sandmeyer in the field of Bioinformatics and Cheminformatics. I received my B.S and M.S. degrees in Informatics from Indiana University working with Predrag Radivojac.

My research interests involve the development and application of data mining and machine learning techniques to bioinformatics, specifically in the areas of genomics, transcriptional regulatory interactions and networks. For my Ph.D. from UCI, I worked on multiple interdisciplinary projects with UCI researchers in the fields of molecular, cell, and developmental biology. I also performed research in the field of cheminformatics on the subject of ranking and searching small molecules. For more details see my Research Interests, Presentation and Presentations, and Resume.

I received a Biomedical Informatics Training Grant from the National Library of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine from 2006 to 2010. I received a Best Presentation award at NLM Informatics Training Conference, Denver, CO, June 2010 for my work on the MotifMap project. I was also an Informatics Barwise Scholar at Indiana University from 2004 to 2006.