My career has been cross disciplinary and highlighted by many partnerships and collaborations, both in the academic and private sectors. As a graduate student, post-doctoral trainee, and now in my role at The George Washington University, I have worked to develop computational analyses, first in the context of functional genomics, and now in the communication of high throughput sequencing workflows and related bioinformatics.
In functional genomics, I have contributed to an understanding of the role of copy number variation (CNV) on human neurodevelopment, designed a novel transgenic mouse line and associated assays and cognitive tests, developed a novel cell culture model for our lab, designed an RNAseq analysis, and designed and generated an analysis evaluating protein expression of a CNV. In workflow bioinformatics, I’ve led the efforts to standardize BioCompute, worked closely with the FDA and private sector companies to bring attention to the project and train their personnel, integrated it into the classroom, and contributed heavily to code repositories or publications that expand the concept and technical usage of BioCompute. I’ve also worked to build closer connections to the private sector, where I’ve participated in the establishment or operation of 3 different public private partnerships.
I have also worked to develop my pedagogical philosophy. I’ve been involved in teaching since I was an undergraduate, during which I worked to integrate technology heavily into teaching materials, which ultimately culminated in a brief publication with the course director on teaching and technology, and which was followed by an experimental position created in the department, for which I was responsible for leading. During this time, my sections had the highest average scores in the class. As a graduate student and later as a postdoc, I continued to mentor students and trainees. Now, as a faculty, I have successfully mentored one graduate student through a thesis and am currently mentoring a second. In addition, I am a co-course director for BIOC 6223, Introduction to Bioinformatics, and 6242, Big Data and Statistics. I have also taught in the Proteins and Biomarkers class, and a guest lecturer for the Systems Medicine program at Georgetown.