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My scientific career has been a steady progression from my long time interests in both mathematics and modeling towards studying biological systems. My first serious research projects were as a physics major at Harvard. There I worked on a variety of topics in condensed matter physics and mathematical modeling, including experiments in high and low temperature superconductivity, simulations of antimatter in an ion trap, and theory work on the quantum chaotic properties of atomic nuclear states.

Afterwards, I went to MIT to get a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, studying topics such as protein folding, DNA, and the remarkable thermodynamic properties of polymer gels with Toyoichi Tanaka, Alexander Grosberg, and Mehran Kardar. I spent one summer doing science journalism at the Dallas Morning News.

From 2001-2005, I worked as a postdoc at UC San Francisco with Prof. Hao Li in the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department. From 2005-2012 I was an assistant professor in the Biology Department at Boston College. I joined the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine as an associate professor in Fall 2012.

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