Spencer Krieger

PhD Student

Office: GS 749

Interests: Bioinformatics, algorithms, hypergraphs, cell signaling pathways, protein secondary structure prediction.



My name is Spencer Krieger, and I’m a PhD Candidate at the University of Arizona. I’m studying Computer Science, and started my program in 2016. The research I do is in Bioinformatics, and the development of algorithms to solve problems related to Biology. I will write another couple of posts outlining my research more in depth, but I currently work on protein secondary structure prediction and finding new paths in cell signaling pathways, representing them as hypergraphs.

​​​​​Research Interests

My research interests are pretty much anything in algorithms in bioinformatics. I like solving problems directly, without the use of machine learning and developing optimal algorithms.

What long-term project do you want to work on?

I want to work on personal medicine. I have always wanted to cure diseases using computational methods to solve problems. I think that through computational research, we can find personalized solutions for patients and the best treatment option available.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I love solving puzzles and proving new theorems. I enjoy collaborating with many different students and faculty when I have the chance.

What are your career goals?

I am not entirely sure what my career goals are. I want to continue to do research in bioinformatics, but I don't know if my preferences will fall more on the academic side or the industry side of things.

​​​​Tell us something interesting about yourself!

I own over 150 board games and am always willing to play any new ones! I average about 462 games played every year (yes I realize that is more than one per day).