Current Research Interests

I love to collaborate, explore interesting new ideas, expand my breadth, and learn new things. If you're interested in talking about my work, your work that I might be interested in, or anything inbetween, don't hestitate to contact me!


You can find my complete publication list on my CV. I post most of my papers to the arXiv. Though they are scattered across math, q-bio, and cs subject-classes, the complete list can be found here. In spirit with the Stone Vertical Epic Ales, I sometimes wait until an interesting date to post a paper. Thus far, I have papers time-stamped with the following dates: 2/29/08, 8/8/08, 9/9/09, 10/10/10, and 11/11/11, and 2/29/12. I also have several papers that contain a "hidden message" in the abstract of the pdf version, relating to the posting date. One is in my arXiv paper from 10/21/15, and another in 11/8/16. Can you find them?

New book! Algebraic and Combinatorial Computational Biology (ACCB). Published August 2018.

Erdős, Bacon, and Bigfoot numbers

My Erdős Number is 3:

I appeared as a unicyclist in the movie "Slackers". Technically, I was a "special ability extra", which despite not paying much more than a regular extra, does have the perk that the actors actually thought we were cool. It took over 12 hours to film what ended up being a 25-second scene. But Margaret Easley had a small role in the film (and it wasn't even on a unicycle), and she has a Kevin Bacon number of 1 (From "We Married Margo"). So, if this counts, my Erdős-Bacon number is 3+2=5. In contrast, Stephen Hawking has an Erdős-Bacon number of 7, and Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman have Erdős-Bacon numbers of 6.

I am also the undisputed world-record holder in having the lowest Erdős-Bacon-Bigfoot number. As everybody knows, Bigfoot was a regular in the Monster Truck Show for years, and in the late 1990s, I performed (juggled) in the opening of several shows in the now-demolished Kingdome. This gives me a Bigfoot number of 1, and an Erdős-Bacon-Bigfoot number of 2+3+1=6.