About me

I am a PhD candidate in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). I am working with Prof. Siavash Mirarab on computational biology, with the focus on evolutionary biology. I develop computational methods that are scalable to large biological datasets. Below are the software packages I have developed:

  • MinVar rooting: rooting a phylogenetic tree by minimizing root-to-tip variance
  • TreeShrink: detecting abnormaly long branches in phylogenetic trees by diameter analysis
  • wLogDate: computing time tree from an inferred phylogram by minimizing a logarithmic penalty function

In addition, I am also interested in data analysis of phylogenomics data, especially microbiology and viruses. I am a contributor (co-first author) to the WoL: Reference Phylogeny for Microbes, which includes 10,575 bacterial and archaeal genomes on 381 global marker genes. I was a recipient of the Microbial Sciences Graduate Research Fellowship in 2017 and 2018. I obtained the MS degree at UCSD in 2019 and BS degree at Portland State University in 2016.