Bio

I grew up in California, but have lived in many places in the US and abroad. I appreciate cultural diversity and spent more than 5 years living in 4 countries in Europe. As an undergraduate, I studied bioinformatics and did research in phylogenetic systematics and population genetics with Michael Whiting and Keith Crandall at Brigham Young University. I completed my PhD at Duke in 2013, working on computational analysis of gene regulation in primates and among human cell-types with Terry Furey (now at UNC), Greg Crawford (Duke), and Boris Lenhard (Imperial College London). After my PhD, I was an HFSP Postdoctoral Fellow in Christoph Bock’s Lab at the Center for Molecular Medicine, Vienna, Austria, with the return phase of my fellowship in Howard Chang’s Lab at Stanford. I’ve been lucky to work with lots of other great collaborators over the years as well. In free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, teaching my children, reading good books, writing, taking photos, and having fun.

I also have a passion for scientific writing, and am the author of this Scientific Writing web resource.

Academic history

  • Assistant Professor, University of Virginia, 2016
    • Depts. of Public Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
  • HFSP Postdoc, Computational Epigenomics,
    • Center for Molecular Medicine, Vienna, 2013-2015
    • Center for Personal Dynamic Regulomes, Stanford University, 2016 (return phase)
  • Ph.D. Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, Duke University, 2013
  • B.S. Bioinformatics, Brigham Young University, 2008

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