I received my BSc in Microbiology/Immunology and Computer Science from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2008. I completed a PhD in Bioinformatics in 2014, also at UBC, while working at the BC Cancer Agency under the supervision of Dr. Sohrab Shah and Dr. Sam Aparicio. In my doctoral work, I developed computational algorithms using Bayesian and machine learning approaches to analyze cancer genome data. I applied these methods to help uncover new insights into the aberrant genomes of ovarian and breast cancer. These contributions led to the Lloyd Skarsgard Graduate Research Excellence Award for most outstanding PhD research at the BC Cancer Agency.
I then joined the laboratory of Matthew Meyerson at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institue of MIT & Harvard as a postdoctoral fellow. Here, I worked on developing computational methods for analyzing long-range DNA sequencing technologies Using these approaches, we discovered novel non-coding alterations containing enhancers of the androgen receptor gene in metastatic prostate cancer. Furthermore, I was instrumental in establishing a scalable workflow to study genomes and exomes of cell-free DNA from liquid biopsies.
Outside of science, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a 2 year old daughter and another baby girl on the way. In my free time, my hobbies include volleyball and powerlifting. I am also a sports fan and watch a lot of tennis, hockey and basketball.