I am an Assistant Professor with a primary appointment in the Dept. of Genetics and a secondary appointment in the Dept. of Computer Science since Sept 2013. From 2003-2008, I was a PhD student in Christina Leslie's lab in the Computer Science Dept. at Columbia University in New York. I developed Machine Learning methods for modeling transcriptional gene regulation in yeast and worm. From 2008 - 2012, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Serafim Batzoglou and Arend Sidow in the Computer Science Dept. at Stanford University. I served as one of the lead data coordinators and computational analysts for the ENCODE consortium. My primary focus was on deciphering heterogeneity of regulatory interactions in the human genome. I also developed ENCODE's ChIP-seq statistical data analysis pipeline. Before returning to Stanford as a faculty member, I was a Research Scientist in Manolis Kellis' lab (2012-2013) studying epigenomic and chromatin state dynamics across organisms, cell-types and individuals as part of the Roadmap Epigenomics Project and the mod/ENCODE (Encyclopedia for DNA elements) consortium.
My research focus is the development of machine learning and computational frameworks to learn integrative models of transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene regulation from massive amounts of diverse sequence, genetic and functional genomic datasets.
Honors & Awards
Alfred Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, Alfred Sloan Foundation (2014-2016)