Interested in being my student?
The primary objective of my research is to
produce new algorithms and
software that can dramatically improve
phylogenetic analysis (whether in linguistics or in biology),
as tested in simulation or on real data. Theoretical research
is often done at the same time, using probability theory to
predict performance under Markov models of evolution, but
then testing these predictions in simulation. Mathematical modelling
is also part of the work.
If you are a student who loves to design
algorithms, likes the challenge of trying to solve
NP-hard optimization problems, loves to program, and enjoys
collaborations (especially with scientists!),
please contact me!
No background in biology or linguistics is required.
to Computational Phylogenetics, which presents
the mathematical and computational foundations of
This is a work in progress, so please let me know
if you find typos or have suggestions for additional topics.
Other resources include:
For the linguistics work, see the
Computational Phylogenetics in Historical Linguistics page.
Make an appointment with me to talk about joining my group:
My group currently consists of two PhD students (still at the University
of Texas), Siavash Mirar
and Md. S. Bayzid,
and Ruth Davidson, a postdoctoral researcher.
I have several ongoing research projects, and would be glad to have
up to four new students. Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you'd like to
talk about joining my group.