I am a first-year graduate student working under the supervision of Dr. John Kececioglu on Bioinformatics Algorithms. I moved to Arizona from North Carolina where I received a BS in Computer Science from NC State University. At NC State, I lead computing outreach activities with STARS Computing Corps and I served as an ambassador for the Computer Science Department. I spent my first few years as an undergraduate hoping to go to medical school because I had a strong interest in Biology. When I discovered Bioinformatics, I immediately began pursuing this area that combined my interests in Biology and Computer Science.
I am interested in the optimization of Bioinformatics Tools at all points in the data analysis pipeline. This involves developing optimal algorithms, enhancing the performance of HPC workflows, and examining different methodologies and techniques for data analysis.
What long-term project do you want to work on?
Expanding the frontiers for sequence alignment and sequence assembly algorithms research by developing new tools for such tasks.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Working in an interdisciplinary field allows for a lot of learning outside of the Computer Science domain. Learning about the Biology in which the algorithms are applied can be confusing and intimidating, but very rewarding in the long run. I can imagine how all the possible applications of an algorithm would work in practice and that is very exciting.
What are your career goals?
I would not have gotten as far as I have in Computer Science if it wasn't for the support and encouragement of teachers, tutors, and faculty members. I hope that I can serve as a teacher or a mentor wherever I end up to help encourage those who feel as I did starting out. I hope I may end up as a Professor eventually.
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
When I used to volunteer at the local hospital, I had the opportunity to watch a few cardio-thoracic surgeries in-person!