CV

Invited Talks

August 2020
American Chemical Society Fall 2020 National Meeting
Committee on Minority Affairs Symposium on Diversity in STEM 

Originally in San Francisco, USA, now virtual due to Covid-19

July 2020
Inaugural Meeting On Systems, Biogeography, and Evolution
Creating a Seat at the Table: The Philosophy of The Black Women in Computational Biology Network
Gender and Diversity in STEMM Series Keynote

 

July 2020
International Society for Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
Wednesday Lunch and Learn: Introducing The Black Women in Computational Biology Network

Originally in Montreal, Canada, now virtual due to Covid-19



July 2020
International Society for Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Student Council Symposium
Introducing The Black Women in Computational Biology Network

Originally in Montreal, Canada, now virtual due to Covid-19

 

Education

2019-Present

The University of Pennsylvania, PA

Genomics and Computational Biology Ph.D. Student 

2015-2019

University of Dayton, OH

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology
Minor: Computer Science

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Delivering the 2019 Undergraduate Commencement speech at the University of Dayton, OH (Click to view speech).

Skills

Python  R  Java  LaTeX   Linux/Unix environments Data Visualization   Experimental use of animal models Dissection techniques (fruity fly and mammalian brain) Statistical Data Analysis

Research Experience

Graduate Research

January 2020-Present

Cancer Genomics Rotation Student, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Employed computational tools (such as IRIS, PEGASAS, and rMATs) developed in the lab to investigate alternative splicing in pediatric and adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia data to reveal novel targets of chimeric antigen receptor T cell receptor-mediated immunotherapy.

September 2019-December 2019

Bioinformatics Rotation Student, Penn Neurodegeneration Genomics Center

Rotation project investigate the gene regulatory role that long non-coding RNA’s play by developing a novel computational method to quantify genome-wide co-expression patterns using large transcriptomic and epigenomic datasets. These efforts provide insights in how human genetic variations mechanistically affect phenotypic traits.

Undergraduate Research

August 2018-May 2019

Cancer Genetics Research Assistant, University of Dayton Department of Biology

TECBio REU Colleagues, Pittsburgh PA 2018

Worked with a team of geneticists to experimentally unravel the proteomics and mechanisms of cancer targets on glioblastomas in fruit fly models through a drug screen. 

May 2018-July 2018

Bioinformatics Intern, TECBio REU at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Developed a bioinformatics pipeline to investigate the competency of using protein “sensors” and “effectors” to predict protein-protein interfaces. With mentorship from CPCB Post-doctorates, conducted a successful experiment suitable for publication through the Dr. Ivet Bahar Lab.

August 2017-August 2018

Computational Environmental Biology Research Assistant

Data preparation and statistical data analysis of macroinvertebrate species diversity as it relates to invasive honeysuckle populations (NSF-funded).

Highlighted Honors

2019

Graduating Scholar of Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences

2019

Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

2020

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention 

2019

Daniel J. Curran and Claire M. Renzetti Scholarship for International Studies

2018

ABRCMS Presentation Award in Computational and Systems Biology

Computational Biologist, Creator, Community-Builder. 

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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