I received a BS in Biology and Computer Science from Loyola College in Maryland and a PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from Iowa State University (ISU). Upon graduation, I received a ISU Research Excellence award and the University-Wide Zaffrano Prize for Graduate Research. In August 2007, I joined the faculty of the University of Notre Dame (UND). I am the UND Director of Bioinformatics and I hold concurrent Associate Professor positions in Computer Science & Engineering and Biological Sciences. My research interests include genome-focused bioinformatics, parallel computing, and arthropod genomics (VectorBase and Arthropod Genomics Consortium/i5K). Specifically, my group is focusing on non-model genome assembly and analysis with applications to global health and ecology.