About me

I’m a sixth year PhD candidate (entering class of 2012; graduating May 2018) in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology at UC Berkeley and a Moore/Sloan Data Science Fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science. I study molecular mechanisms of regeneration in the olfactory epithelium as a member of the Ngai Lab. I analyze how olfactory stem cells mediate differentiation and regeneration using single-cell RNA sequencing. I characterize cell types, identify coordinated gene expression to provide insights into potential regulators of these processes, and make inferences about lineage trajectories that describe the paths from quiescent stem cells to differentiated cells.

I strongly believe in giving people the resources and information they need to achieve their goals. To that end, I’m involved in a number of educational initiatives:

I’m currently Co-Director of Beyond Academia, a graduate student organization whose mission is to encourage career exploration among our peers. I served on the logistics and speakers committees for our 2017 Conference, and I’m the Organizational Development Lead. I also serve as the Fellow Lead of BIDS’ Career Paths & Alternative Metrics Working Group (chaired by Henry Brady), which aims to identify and promote development of career advancement opportunities for academic data scientists.

I was previously Co-Director of the 2017 CDIPS Data Science Workshop, which encouraged graduate students and postdocs to explore data science via projects. Prior to that, I was a member of the planning committee for the Expanding Your Horizons Conference at Berkeley and the Student Health Advisory Committee for four years, as well as several departmental committees. I also served as student Co-President of the MCB Graduate Student & Alumni Association, which facilitates relationships between graduate students, alumni, and our department.

I’m also certified as a Software Carpentry/Data Carpentry instructor. If you’re organizing a workshop, I’m happy to teach R, Python, Bash, spreadsheets, and more. Send me an email!