# Research

### Current Research Interests

- Discrete and algebraic mathematical biology. Modeling and reverse
engineering of biological systems.
- Finite dynamical systems.
- Combinatorial aspects of Coxeter groups. In particular, cyclic
reducibility and conjugacy.
- Toric partial orders, and cyclic analogous of ordinary posets.

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!

### Publications

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.