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Greetings! I am an associate professor of mathematical sciences
at Clemson University, in
Clemson, SC. The Scientist (magazine) ranked Clemson #1 in their 2005
"Best Places to Work
in Academia" survey, and then #3 in
their 2007 survey
(but #1 among universities). In 2008, Clemson finished 1st in the
country in the
"Top 10 Schools with the Happiest Students"
survey. Also Clemson has consistently been ranked by U.S. News & World
Report in the Top 25 National Public Universities in the country.
in 2009, 23rd in
2010, 25th in
2012, and 21st in
2013), and has gotten recognition as a "school to
I got my Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. As a
graduate student, I spent two summers at
Los Alamos National
Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico, before my research group at LANL
moved to Virginia Tech.
I spent four summers and one academic year in Virginia, with my group
from LANL, who became the
interdisciplinary Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory
at the Virginia
Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech.
I spent the Summer of 2009 back in my hometown of Seattle, WA
visiting Ilya Shmulevich's research group at
for Systems Biology, and
Department at the Univeristy of Washington, where I advised a project
at their REU.
I have been extremely impressed with both the NDSSL group and Ilya's
group, as model examples of two large transdisciplinary research
groups made up of people with diverse backgrounds (e.g., math,
biology, cs, stats, engineering, physics, econ, etc.) who come
together and tackle a mainstream science problem in a creative
way. Both groups have exceptional records of publications, grant
funding, and great science. They exemplify the definition of
I have a number of diverse research interests, all of which loosely
fall under the umbrella of discrete mathematics. At VBI, I worked on
discrete dynamical system over graphs which arose in computer
simulations, especially in epidemiology. Ilya Shmulevich pioneered
Probabilistic Boolean Networks (PBNs) with Stuart Kauffman, as a model
of gene regulatory networks, and I've recently been working on aspects
of these systems. I still work on pure math problems too, mostly in
combinatorical aspects of Coxeter groups. I'm extremely interesting in
learning about, and exploring, new applications of discrete
mathematics to scientific problems, especially in biology.