Education and BackgroundI am a 3rd-year PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin, studying computer science. I obtained my BS in Computer Science with a Bioinformatics emphasis from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. My hometown is Lindon, Utah, which is not far from Brigham Young University.
Research InterestsString matching algorithms and large database search techniques with specific application to computational biology. Specific applications emphasize large-scale software development and data mining with a focus on next-generation, short-read sequence mapping and analysis tools.
I'd like to consider myself a relatively well-rounded individual. When I'm not busy with schoolwork, I like to play around with new hobbies or find something exciting to do.
Since my work generally requires me to sit behind a desk, I like to find other ways to stay active. Recently, I took up biking (since Austin is becoming more and more bike-friendly), but my true passion is for basketball. In fact, just last year our team won the intramural mens graduate league championship.
I also enjoy listening to and creating music. Ever since I was young, I've played the piano (in 2012 I played a rousing rendition of Randy Newman's "Short People" for a CS talent show), but lately I've picked up a few additional instruments. The biggest instrument I've played to date is the carillon ("What, you play the flute? Well I play a building!"). I'm even a part of the now-official University of Texas at Austin Guild of Student Carillonneurs.
With all the extra-curricular activities I have going on, I'm probably most active in my faith. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I've served in many different capacities, including a 2-year mission in Detroit, Michigan. I currently play an active role in my local church in Austin.