Prior to joining the Stuart Lab at UC Santa Cruz, I received my PhD from New York University, where I worked in the lab of Dr. Richard Bonneau where I worked on the clustering and conservation project, cMonkey with a focus on identifying modules of co-functional proteins that are conserved between multiple organisms. Prior to my work at NYU, I received an MS in Computer Science from Tufts University (CS Department website, here) in 2004. During my time there, I worked under the guidance of Anselm Blumer to develop a Bayesian method to identify various fibrous protein subclasses (i.e. elastins, collagens and silks coming from 50+ organisms) that had an accuracy nearing 95%. Before that, I held several tech industry jobs in and around the Boston area following my undergraduate graduation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (major in Political Science, minor in Computer Science) in 1997.
Outside of work, I’m a enjoy cycling, and have ridden in several centuries (100+ miles) around the New York City area, including the Ride to Montauk, New York City Century, and Escape New York Century. I have yet to do any in the Bay Area, but hope to take advantage of some this year. In previous lives (before NYC-living prevented me from having either space or a car), I’ve sailboarded, skied, swing danced (or would that be swung danced?), and during my awkward band-geek phase, I played a mean trombone for a brief stint during junior high and high school.