- Teaching Assistant Professor
I spent most of my childhood in Chandler, Arizona, with additional stops in Greenriver, Wyoming and Corvallis, Oregon. After graduating high school, I attended the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, where I studied computer science. Afterwards, I came to the University of California San Diego (UCSD), where I eventually earned my PhD in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. My dissertation research focuses on biological distributed algorithms - in other words, I study how natural systems, such as ant colonies and the brain, solve problems, with the hope that this information will inspire new approaches for human-designed algorithms. In addition to conducting research, I have dedicated significant time towards teaching, serving as an adjunct instructor in computer science at UCSD and the University of San Diego (USD).