Current Research Projects

Regulatory Networks

September 2014 - Present

In fall 2014, I began working with Anshul Kundaje on using discriminative models to predict chromatin dynamics in diverse cell types. As part of this work, I've developed a GPU accelerated boosting library, which I hope to release publicly.

Previous Research Projects

Improving Geographic Data

June 2014 - September 2014

In Summer 2014, I was a Software Engineering Intern at Google. I developed autonomous methods for improving the quality of geographic data.

Metagenomics Analysis Methods

June 2013 - June 2014

I spent a year in the Bioinformatics Software Research group at Illumina, where I developed methods for metagenomics sequence analysis. I also worked on quantitative analyses of Illumina and non-Illumina NGS technologies. I wrote an Illumina blog post summarizing my project here.

Modeling Host/Pathogen Interactions in C. elegans / Microsporidia

December 2012 - June 2014

In a project with Emily Troemel's Lab at UCSD, I analzed several components of the C. elegans / Microsporidia host / pathogen pair. I developed software for identifying C. elegans regulatory components that are associated with transcriptional responses to infection and presented a poster on this work at the San Diego Center for Systems Biology "Systems to Synthesis" Conference in May, 2012.

The Evolution of FGF Cell Signalling in Insect Development

June 2012 - September 2012

In the summer of 2012, I studied FGF signalling in cricket embryogenesis with Cassandra Extavour at Harvard under an NSF REU grant. I performed an RNAi knockdown of the FGF Receptor (FGFR), and used techniques like FISH and immunofluoresence to study phenotypic results. I also used computational approaches to study the evolution of FGF signalling within arthropods.

Regulatory Networks in Arabidopsis Embryonic Development

September 2011 - June 2012

During the 2011-2012 school year, I worked with Jeff Long at the Salk Institute to study the signalling networks in Arabidopsis embryonic development. I presented a poster on my work at the UC San Diego Undergraduate Biology Research Symposium.