These are my academic and work achievements. For personal projects, check out my projects page.
Machine Learning Engineer Nanodegree - Udacity - 2017
B.A. Chemistry/Biology (honors) - New College of Florida, Florida, USA - 2007 → 2011
Thesis: Ebbs and Glows: Quantifying Small RNA Concentrations in C. elegans
“Analysis of neural subtypes reveals selective mitochondrial dysfunction in dopaminergic neurons from Parkin mutants. Download
“Destruction complex function in the Wnt-signalling pathway of Drosophila requires multiple interactions between Adenomatous polposis coli 2 and Armadillo”. Download
“Ebbs and Glows: Quantifying Small RNA Concentrations in C. elegans”. Undergraduate thesis.
Mosquito thermal plume tracking
I worked as a research assistant in Fairhall Lab. We’re interested in answering how the history of sensory experience affects decision-making. As a model, we use mosquitoes host-seeking behavior, as carbon dioxide and thermal signals are known to inform their search. These thermal and olfactory cues have a complicated and sparse structure due to turbulence. How do mosquitoes use spatially- and temporally-sparse information to navigate to hosts? With the Daniel, Riffell and Dickinson labs, we study the behavioral and neurophysiological responses of mosquitoes to temporal patterns in heat and CO2 plumes, which we then use to develop models for multisensory integration.
My current role in the project is creating models of mosquitoes tracking turbulent thermal plumes and benchmark those models against wind-tunnel behavioral data. In particular, I am creating driven, damped agent-based dynamical models which reproduce mosquito baseline flight and then test various strategies for plume navigation. These models will be further validated using electrophysiological and tethered flight data to test theories about multi-modal decision making.
Artist in residence
Sir James Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland, New Zealand - 2015 → 2016
A selection of my works are in circulation around public spaces in New Zealand.
Humpack Whale Census
_Kimberley Community Whale Research Project, Murdudun, Australia - 2012
A community-initiated peer-review at the proposed site of the world’s second-largest liquefied gas processing port. Our peer-review’s estimates of humpback migration and breeding activity near James Price Point revealed gross discrepancies in the original oil conglomerate’s survey.
Mitochondrial dysfunction in Parkinson’s Disease
I helped establish a method to grow, stain, and image primary dopaminergic neural culture from Drosophila embryos in order to test whether Parkin and PINK1, proteins involved in Parkinson’s disease, are recruited to depolarized mitochondria in dopaminergic neurons. This research was published in PNAS.
Quantifying endogenous sRNA concentrations in C. elegans
My thesis proposes a model for RNA Helicase A function in endogenous C. elegans RNAi pathways.
Teaching, Volunteering, and Causes
- Shell No!
- Black Lives Matter
- Prison abolishion
- Mass surveillance, cryptoactivism
- Net neutrality
- Wikipedia - Contributor since 2008. User page
- Brain Awareness Week 2015
- Upward Bound