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Sarah Walling

Sarah is a second year Master's student in the department of Computer Science at the University of Montana. Her research is focused on investigating Dual Coding Exons (DCEs), in which a single exon encodes alternate peptides in more than one reading frame. Currently, development of a hash table based alignment software designed to align large numbers of short reads will allow us to further contextualize the alternative reading frame (ARF) variants of dual-coding exons by determining which tissues and developmental stages the alternative products of dual-coding exons are observed with elevated expression.

Sarah grew up in Tucson, Arizona where she developed a love for adventure and the outdoors. After a stint in California, she moved to Missoula and obtained her B.S. in Computer Science from UM. She started in the Wheeler Lab as an undergraduate researcher, and after two years elected to continue her research in the Wheeler Lab as a graduate student.

She can often be found outdoors with her Lab, Cooper. In her free time from academic work, she is an avid camper, hiker, and whitewater kayaker. When it's warm, you can always find her on the water!

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