My paper titled “Boosting alignment accuracy by adaptive local realignment” (with John Kececioglu) was accepted to the 21st International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB) 2017 in Hong Kong in May. The paper is available here.
The votes are in, and I have been elected the ISCB Student Council Representative to the ISCB Board of Directors. This role is to be the liaison between the executive team of the student council and the board directors of the ISCB (our parent organization). I will officially take the post in January but I am already looking forward to further strengthening the cooperation between ISCB and the student council. Thank you all who voted!
The paper describing a software package I created with Jennifer H. Wisecaver (now at Vanderbilt University) while we were both PhD students at the University of Arizona has been accepted for publication in the journal PeerJ. Even as a preprint on arXiv it was cited multiple times (included by papers in Nature Communications and PNAS).
The application SiClE (for Sister Clade Extractor) was created to perform high-throughput phylogenetic analysis. Given a tree and a search term it first determines if the search term is monophyletic in the tree then identifies the two sister clades. It has been used successfully as an initial filtering step to investigate horizontal gene transfer at the high-throughput scale. The program is open source and freely available under a Creative Commons License at http://eebweb.arizona.edu/sicle/.
Read the paper at https://peerj.com/articles/2359/.
I will be giving a talk titled “Boosting alignment accuracy through adaptive local realignment” at ISMB 2016 in session TP021 on Sunday, 10 July at 2:00 PM in the Northern Hemisphere E1/E2 room. This will be a late breaking research talk so there is no associated publication yet, but information about using adaptive realignment can be found on the Facet website at http://facet.cs.arizona.edu/realignment.html. I will also be presenting a poster on the same work, during the Monday poster session you can find me at poster number N22. A preprint is also on bioRxiv DOI 10.1101/063131.
I have accepted a position to be a Lane Fellow in the Computational Biology Department in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University working with Carl Kingsford. I will be starting in Pittsburgh in September 2016.