I am a PhD student at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a bioinformatics scientist at Operon Biotechnologies. I also worked in the bioinfo group at Research Genetics until it closed. Before I went back to grad school, I spent 15 years as a software developer working for the most part on algorithms for pattern recognition and maximum likelihood estimation, especially the EM algorithm.
I hold a BS in Physics from UC Riverside and a MS in Biology from U of Alabama in Huntsville.
My PhD research is examining genes and their regulation in the signaling and secretory pathways of the ectomycorrhizal fungus Laccaria bicolor that lead to the onset of symbiosis.
At Operon, I design oligo sets for gene expression and CGH analyses, maintain the scripts and databases necessary to do the design work, and maintain a web site or two. I also work on the in-house LIMS.
At Research Genetics, I worked on the statistical analysis plugins for the Java microarray analysis tool Pathways and well as sequence analysis to find ORFs, promoters, etc..
I'm comfortable with perl, C/C++, SQL, Java, Visual Basic, XML, HTML, and even FORTRAN mostly on Linux, but I do Windows. I'm new to .NET but I can use it.
I'm interested in algorithm development and improvement, and in making those algorithms useful for the community at large.