I am a PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign currently working on parallel algorithms for building evolutionary trees from large genomic datasets. My thesis research, advised by Professors Tandy Warnow and Bill Gropp, is supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship as well as two exploratory allocations on the Blue Waters supercomputer. While at Illinois, I have also taught two discussion sections for which I was ranked excellent by my students (CS 466 Intro to Bioinformatics and CS 450 Numerical Analysis) and served on two committees dedicated to climate, diversity, and inclusion in the College of Engineering. Before coming to Illinois, I was a neuroimaging researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Find me on Google Scholar and Research Gate.