I am in my fifth year teaching in the Computer Science Department at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities after starting there in Fall 2017. At the beginning of this year I was promoted from a Lecturer to an Associate Teaching Professor. Previously, I spent 5 years teaching at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. I have a strong commitment to teaching and while at George Mason, I won their Teaching Excellence Award in 2017, the highest honor given for teaching at the university.
I completed my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Minnesota studying structural bioinformatics problems under George Karypis. My main research interests are in computational prediction of protein interactions with DNA and small molecules (ligands) and in developing machine learning tools to predict protein structure. To that end, I developed an interest in convex optimization techniques, in particular semidefinite programming.
Outside of academia I am an avid squash player, formerly at George Mason's courts and now with the the University of Minnesota Squash Club. Email me if you are up for a game.
I also play the alto saxophone and years ago played lead alto in the top U of MN jazz ensemble. I still occasionally jam with former band memebers on jazz standards and compose tunes for special occasions.