Education Research

Most recently, my research has focused on using course data, student feedback and performance, and the analysis of course interventions. This work aims to 1) help inform me how to better design my courses, 2) implement the most effective strategies in the classroom to best support and educate my students, and 3) better understand exactly what my students learn and what they take away from my courses. While numbers are limited, when I work with undergraduate students on research project, it tends to be in this area.

Tobacco E-Commerce Lab

I work collaboratively with a group led by Dr. Eric Leas to provide up-to-date information on tobacco e-commerce retail practices to support policy makers and law enforcement.

Previous Projects

Effect of Cannabis on Driving

With the Clinical Pathology group at UCSD (led by Dr. Robert Fitzgerald), our work has looked to measure and understand the effect of cannabis on driving.

Cloud-Based Data Science

DataTrail (formerly Cloud-Based Data Science) is a free, online, educational program that sets out to help anyone who can read, write, and use a computer move into the field of data science. We’ve developed content and have built and carried out an in-person tutoring program to ensure we reach those who historically have not had access to data science education. With each scholar that completes the program we’re working to improve the economic conditions for people locally (in Baltimore, MD) and ultimately around the world.

The recount project

RNA-seq data for ~70,000 human samples have been aligned using a single analytic pipeline called Rail-RNA, developed and implemented by Abhi Nellore. Spearheaded by Leo Collado-Torres and including the efforts of many in our group, these data have been processed and made available in a resource called recount. While the expression data are publicly available, we lack critical phenotype information for many of the samples included in this resource. In addition to identifying technical artifacts to be removed across these data, I’m developing phenotype predictors (ie sex, tissue, etc.) from the gene expression data to make important sample information availabe across all samples within recount.