I am a biologist, statistics and computing enthusiast, and HPC dabbler currently working as a senior research fellow, and a resident biologist at the LSU CCT. My work here is focussed on building data-driven, across discipline, integrative research programs. My personal research has been focused on using modern data-focussed, computational approaches to answering questions in Biology related to to molecular evolution and understanding how, how fast, and why genomes evolve.
A bit moreMy research focus is to try and understand the forces of molecular evolution that act upon individuals, populations, and species through time producing, limiting, or maintaining biodiversity. The central goals of my research are 1) to uncover patterns of diversity at different evolutionary scales; 2) to infer the processes of change that generate and maintain those patterns; and 3) to develop methods, models, and tools to help us better understand the information signal we recover from data about those processes. My work is heavily integrative and the projects I work on span variety of areas including empirical systems on all types of taxa and systems, simulation and modeling studies, and software and methods development.
|Feb 1, 2020||New paper out, using genomic variation to detect virulence determinants in Feline herpesvirus type-1 isolates.|
|Nov 17, 2019||The CCT team will be at Super Computing 19 in Denver this year. SC19 will bring more than 14,000 members of the international high performance computing community together including scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, system administrators and more. Stop by the booth (No. 1743) to see all the cool work CCT has going on.|
|Oct 12, 2019||New paper out, on Using ML approaches to identify regions in of a viral genome as a potential target for antiviral drugs.|
|Sep 12, 2019||New paper out, Identification and Visualization of Functionally Important Domains and Residues in Herpes Simplex Virus.|
|Jun 11, 2019||I will be missing Evolution this year, but if you are there, stop by Monday the 23rd at noon and see Jeremy Brown give a talk on our work on The role of model testing and evaluation in phylogenomics.|
|Apr 4, 2019||As part of the scientific organizing commitee for the 7th Annual LA Conference on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, an affiliated conference of the International Society for Computational Biology, I encourage anyone, especially students to register, it’s free!, and come see some fantastic keynotes. All proudly hosted and supported by LSU CCT and LBRN.|
|Feb 10, 2019||I will be giving a special invited seminar at the University of St. Louis on Growing the Tree of Life: computational approaches to unraveling the relationships between all living things. If you are around, I encourage you stop by and see how we can use data-driven techniques to better understand biodiveristy and the tree of life.|
|Nov 1, 2018||I’m happy to announce I’ve started a new position as a senior research fellow at LSU. I will be joining the Center for Computation & Technology as a resident biologist in order to help build new research collaborations across disciplines.|
|Jun 1, 2018||I will be joining the posterior predictive simulation workshop at the Society of Systematic Biology meeting this year in Columbus, OH at Ohio State University. I will be teaching the section on conducting inference-based posterior predictive analyses within RevBayes. I hope to see you there!|
|Apr 1, 2018||New paper out, doing posterior predictive simulation with RevBayes.|
|Feb 26, 2018||I will be giving an upcoming invited seminar in the department of biology at SIUE. My talk will focus on The strengths and challenges of genomic data for understanding biodiversity.|
|Jun 26, 2017||I will be giving a special spotlight talk at the Evolution meeting this year in Portland, OR. The topic and title of my talk will be The Effect of Heterotachy on Phylogenomics. If you work with genome scale data within a phylogenetic context, I encourage you to stop by and see why you should think about heterotachy when doing your analyses.|