I am a comparative computational biologist, interested in exploring evolutionary systems using next generation sequence data via computational pipelines. Put simply: I love finding patterns in genomic data.
Currently, I am a PhD candidate at the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History, studying the phylogenomics of Myxozoa, a bizarre assemblage of obligate endoparasites of economically critical fish (among other hosts). I’m exploring how these tiny parasites, whose closest living relatives are jellyfish (and their allies), became so radically different in biology, ecology, and life history, all through generating transcriptomic dataset sand comparing them to sets from other cnidarians.
I am also an occasional improv comedian, a wannabe classical musician, and an eternally tortured Knicks fan.