2016 - Present

    Data Scientist at Facebook
    Seattle, WA


    Fellow at Insight Data Science
    Davis, CA
    • Created thesauropod.us, a podcast recommender hosted on AWS, using data scraped from the iTunes website and API
    • Developed a Python recommendation algorithm that ranks podcasts by text similarity using latent semantic indexing
    • Built front-end using Flask framework, Bootstrap, and D3.js and queried data in PostgreSQL

    2014 - 2015

    Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA
    • Coordinated with a team of researchers and clinicians to collect and analyze human electrophysiological data
    • Reduced data pre-processing time from days to minutes by developing a MATLAB toolbox of functions
    • Developed MATLAB code for a collaborator to automatically detect and remove artifacts from neural data
    • Coded and performed univariate and multivariate non-parametric analyses of neural time series data including support vector machines and bootstrap resampling, implemented in R and MATLAB
    • Completed the 2-day SciPhD “Excelling in Team-Based Organization” boot camp

    2008 - 2014

    Graduate Researcher at University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA
    • Designed and executed 4 fMRI experiments aimed at understanding how the human brain represents features of large real-world environments including locations, directions, distances, and landmarks
    • Analyzed high-dimensional neural data on a Unix cluster using general linear model and permutation testing, and implemented k-Nearest Neighbor classification, multidimensional scaling, and visualization in MATLAB
    • Directed and mentored 2 teams of 7 teaching assistants, including providing feedback on their teaching performance
    • Organized and facilitated a series of professional development workshops for graduate students
    • Led discussions and lectures for lay audiences including professionals and high school students

    2006 - 2008

    Research Technician at Monell Chemical Senses Center
    Philadelphia, PA
    • Coordinated with a team to collect and analyze infant feeding behavior data
    • Documented research techniques using video recordings and screencast

    2008 - 2014

    Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA

    Received University of Pennsylvania Flexner Award for best neuroscience PhD dissertation of the year

    2004 - 2008

    B.S. in Biological Sciences, Drexel University
    Philadelphia, PA

    Received a 4-year Presidential Scholarship and graduated summa cum laude with honors


    Python, SQL, HiveQL, MATLAB, R, Javascript*, C♯ (Unity)*


    pandas, Jupyter notebook, dplyr, ggplot2, reshape2, support vector machines, k-Nearest Neighbor, statistics, resampling, time frequency analysis, gensim, D3.js*, Flask*

    * some experience

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