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Folks in the Wheeler lab

I’m lucky to have a great group of people working together on a broad range of projects (in a pretty great place to live!)

Current Lab Members

Travis Wheeler

Travis Wheeler

Principal Investigator – Email | Curriculum Vitae | Google Scholar profile

BS, Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 1995
PhD, Computer Science, University of Arizona, 2009
Postdoctorate Sean Eddy, HHMI, Janelia Research Campus, 2009-2014

Appointments

Department of Computer Science (Associate Professor)
Cellular, Molecular, and Microbial Biology (Associated Faculty)
LBNL / Joint Genome Institute (Affiliate)

George Lesica

George Lesica

Senior Software Engineer – Email

Jack of all trades, Master of some

Alex Nord

Alex Nord

PhD student, CMMB (Computational Biology) (2015-) – Email

BA, Philosophy, Reed College
MS, Computer Science, University of Montana
Research: Splice sites in translated sequence alignment; multiple sequence alignment

Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson

PhD candidate, Computer Science (DIS) (2017-) – Email

BS, Music, University of Montana
MS, Computer Science, University of Montana
Research: FPGA algorithms for sequence alignment; optimized FM index; Custom data logging systems

Anna Marbut

Anna Marbut

2019- PhD student, Computer Science (DIS) (2019-) – Email

BA, Linguistics, Reed College
MA, Business Analytics, University of Montana
Research: Recommendation engines (ML and NLP)

Daniel Olson

Daniel Olson

MS student, Computer Science (2016-) – Email

BS, Biochemistry, University of Montana
Research: Models for repetitive biological sequences; adaptive element detection in sequence data

Genevieve Krause

Genevieve Krause

MS student, Computer Science (2016-) – Email

BS, Environmental Studies, Prescott College
Research: Pseudogene detection; frameshift model for sequence alignment.

Kaitlin Carey

Kaitlin Carey

MS student, Computer Science (2017-) – Email

BS, Biochemistry, University of Montana
Research: Adjudication of candidate annotations; specifically Transposable Element subfamily annotation

Jack Roddy

Jack Roddy

MS student (previously undergraduate researcher), Computer Science (2017-) – Email

BS, Computer Science, University of Montana
Research: Sequence Alignment - homologous overextension; Dfam infrastructure

Sarah Walling

Sarah Walling

MS student (previously undergraduate researcher), Computer Science (2017-) – Email

BS, Computer Science, University of Montana
Research: Expression patterns of dual-coding exons

David Rich

David Rich

MS student, Computer Science (2018-) – Email

BS, Business Administration, University of Montana
Research: Pruned dynamic programming w/ profile HMMs

Jeremiah Gaiser

Jeremiah Gaiser

Undergraduate researcher, Biochemistry, (2017-) – Email

Research: Conserved non-coding sequence; Protein interaction networks

Conner Copeland

Conner Copeland

Undergraduate researcher (joint with Pat Secor), Computer Science (2017-) – Email

Research: Prophage annotation

Isaac Robinson

Isaac Robinson

Undergraduate researcher (joint with Nathan Insel), Computer Science (2019-) – Email

Research: Tracking and behavior classification in rodent videos

George Glidden-Handgis

George Glidden-Handgis

Undergraduate researcher (joint with Rocky Mountain Labs), Computer Science (2020-) – Email

Research: Machine learning methods for cell culture image segmentation

Dylan Wichman

Student - Billings Central High School

Research: Machine learning approaches to wildfire risk prediction

Lab Alumni

Adam Clemons

MS student, Computer Science, (2017-2019) – BS, Computer Science, University of Montana
Research: Software plagiarism
Next steps: Submittable

Joyce Liu

Student - Sentinel High School (Missoula)
Research: Sequence alignment guide trees and quality assessment

Walt Shands

Walt Shands

BS, MS, Computer Science, Columbia University
MBA, Santa Clara University
Research: Translated search in HMMER
Next steps: Software Developer, Genomics Institute at UC Santa Cruz

Gilia Patterson

Gilia Patterson

Undergraduate / post-baccalaureate researcher, Biology / Math, (2015-2017)
Research: Transposable element annotation
Next steps: Graduates studies in Statistics at Oregon State University

Michel Wan Der Maas Soares

Michel Wan Der Maas Soares

Undergraduate researcher, Computer Science (2015-2017)
Summer intern at NERSC (LBNL)
Completed degree at Universidade Federal de Lavras (Brazil)
Research: Fast phylogeny inference

Angela Gross

Angela Gross

Masters student, Computer Science (2015-2016)
Research: Video game optimization (particle system / rendering)
Next steps: FAST Enterprises

Bill Arndt

Bill Arndt

Postdoctoral Fellow (joint with Kjiersten Fagnan at JGI/NERSC)

BS, PhD, Computer Science, University of South Carolina
Research: HPC optimization of bioinformatics applications
Next steps: Postdoc at NERSC


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