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It is extremely difficult to write a concise research page. The best I could come up with is an overly vague Venn diagram. Perhaps the ambiguity of the diagram illustrates my research personality. I am fascinated with so many aspects of science, it's hard to choose one. Genomics appeals to me because it allows me to study "big picture" biology, without tying myself down to any particular gene or pathway or organism. In the process, I get to learn a lot about many different areas of biology. Of course, studying genomes creates numerous computational challenges.
I'm utterly intrigued with the challenge of "reading" the genome. In the trillions of base pairs of sequence we now have available in public databases, there is a plethora of information, just waiting to be discovered. The instructions for building complex multicellular organisms, the story of evolution, the origins of disease susceptibilities... Translating this information from its four base code necessitates numerous computational tools and a sound understanding of information theory and statistics.
While my research experiences to date have had a basic science focus, ultimately I want to take an active role in utilizing the tools and discoveries of genomics and bioinformatics to change the way patients are treated. Today, the intersection between genomics and bioinformatics is nearly inherent. However, the intersection between those fields and medicine is minuscule. I hope to help change that.
I am a PhD student in genetics in the lab of Gill Bejerano. Click over to the lab website to see the lab's focus.