Fellowship Institution: University of Texas, Austin
Discipline: Computer/information sciences
My research focuses on the development of mathematical models and algorithms for estimating evolutionary history in Biology and Historical Linguistics. The main objective is to develop methods that produce much more accurate estimations of evolutionary history than can be obtained using existing tools, especially for ultra-large datasets (containing anywhere from 10,000 to 1,000,000 sequences). A new direction in the lab is metagenomic analysis, and in particular taxon identification for short reads. We use real data and perform simulations to evaluate the performance of methods that we develop. This research area inolves mathematics, probability, statistics, computer science, and intensive collaborations with domain specialists.
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