I recently earned my doctoral degree in the Botany and Plant Pathology department at Oregon State University, working in the lab of Aaron Liston. I work on genomics and population genetics, specifically in plants called milkweeds or Asclepias. You can see some of that progress at the Milkweed Genome Project.

I'm currently a bioinformatics analyst and e-trainer at OSU's Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing (CGRB). In this position I collaborate with researchers from the OSU community and beyond, assisting with experimental design for sequencing projects (Illumina, PacBio, & other DNA detection techniques) and performing analyses on the resulting data.

As a bioinformatics e-trainer I assist with the CGRB's mission to provide training opportunities in computational and bioinformatic techniques, particularly by expanding those offerings beyond OSU's Corvallis campus. I currently offer an online workshop introducing the R statistical computing language, Introduction to R and RStudio.


July 27, 2017


Two chapters from my dissertation are currently being prepared for publication: One characterizes the nuclear genome of the common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca; the other uses population genomic techniques to study the jewel milkweed, Asclepias cryptoceras, and its two subspecies spread across the Intermountain West. You can access my dissertation here to read more about those studies.

Curriculum Vitae