PhD Student, School of Earth and Space Exploration
Research Interests: Astrobiology, Evolution, Bioinformatics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Science Education
Education: B.S. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from University of Maryland, M.A. in Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University
Current Research: As a first-year PhD student, I am still getting used to the great variety of projects here. I am beginning with a project on the evolution of biochemical networks, with the goal of developing constraints on these networks and eventually linking these with atmospheric composition data. My undergraduate research involved inferring evolutionary histories of New World Orioles and Australasian Robins using genomic sequences paired with high-performance computing.
Personal: Outside of the lab I enjoy running, particularly competing in ultramarathons and jogging through Papago Park. I also like reading science fiction and fantasy novels, with the occasional science nonfiction book thrown in. I grew up near Baltimore, Maryland and will attempt to convince anyone who will listen that everything is better with Old Bay on it.