Researcher biography

I lead the Translational Bioinformatics Group at the Mater Research Institute - UQ, located at the TRI. My research interests follow a common theme of applying computational methods to investigate the biological mechanisms of mutation in evolutionary and disease-related processes.

I started out academically obtaining a Bachelor's degree in both Biology and Computer Science from Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio (USA), followed by earning a PhD in Genomics and Computational Biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2010). After completing postdoctoral experience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The University of California Santa Cruz, I moved to Brisbane in early 2014 to join the Mater Research Institute. I was successful in obtaining a Discovery Early Career Research Award fellowship from the Australian Research Council beginning in 2015 and a Discovery Project Grant from the ARC beginning 2017.