Folks in the Wheeler Lab

We're a vibrant group of Computer Scientists and Biologists working together to do great things (in a pretty great place to live!)

sasquatch? Taken with my own camera!

Current lab members:

Travis Wheeler, PI

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

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

Email:

Curriculum Vitae: pdf

Google Scholar profile

32 Campus Dr
University of Montana
Social Sciences Bldg. Room 420
Missoula, MT 59812
Telephone: 406-243-6219

George Lesica

Senior Software Engineer


32 Campus Dr
University of Montana
Social Sciences Bldg. Room 404
Missoula, MT 59812

Alex Nord

2015-
PhD student
CMMB (Computational Biology)

BA, Philosophy, Reed College
MS, Computer Science, University of Montana

Research: Splice sites in translated sequence alignment; multiple sequence alignment

Tim Anderson

2017-
PhD Candidate
Computer Science (DIS)

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

2019-
PhD student
Computer Science (DIS)

BA, Linguistics, Reed College
MA, Business Analytics, University of Montana

Research: Recommendation engines (ML and NLP)

Daniel Olson

2016-
Masters Student
Computer Science

BS, Biochem, University of Montana

Research: Models for repetitive biological sequences; adaptive element detection in sequence data

Genevieve Krause

2016-
Masters student
Computer Science

BS, Environmental Studies, Prescott College

Research: Pseudogene detection; frameshift model for sequence alignment

Kaitlin Carey

2017-
Masters student
Computer Science

BS, Biochem, University of Montana

Research: Adjudication of candidate annotations; specifically Transposable Element subfamily annotation

Jack Roddy

2017-
Masters Student (previously undergraduate researcher)
Computer Science

BS, Computer Science, University of Montana

Research: Sequence Alignment - homologous overextension; Dfam infrastructure

Sarah Walling

2017-
Master student (was undergraduate researcher)
Computer Science

BS, Computer Science, University of Montana

Research: Expression patterns of dual-coding exons

David Rich

2018-
Masters student
Computer Science

BS, Business Administration, University of Montana

Research: pruned dynamic programming w/ profile HMMs

Max Copeland

2019-
Masters Student
Computer Science

BS, Physics, University of Missouri

Research: Computational neuroscience

Jeremiah Gaiser

2017-
Undergraduate researcher
Biochemistry

Research: Conserved non-coding sequence; Protein interaction networks

Conner Copeland

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

Research: Prophage annotation

Isaac Robinson

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

Research: Tracking and behavior classification in rodent videos

Dylan Wichman

2019-
High School student - Billings Central High School

Research: Machine Learning approaches to Wildfire Risk Prediction

Lab Alumni:

Adam Clemons

2017-2019
Masters Student
Computer Science

BS, Computer Science, University of Montana

Research: Software plagiarism
Next step: Submittable

Joyce Liu

2015-2018
High School student - Sentinel High School (Missoula)
Advanced Problems in Science program

Research: Sequence alignment guide trees and quality assessment
Next step: Columbia University

Walt Shands

2014-2017


BS, MS, Computer Science, Columbia University
MBA, Santa Clara University

Research: Translated search in HMMER.
Next step: Software Developer, Genomics Institute at UC Santa Cruz

Gilia Patterson

2015-2017
Undergraduate and Post-baccalaureate
Biology/Math

Research: Transposable element annotation.
Next step: Graduate studies in the Oregon State Statistics Dept

Michel Wan Der Maas Soares

2015-2017
Undergraduate researcher
Computer Science
Summer internship at NERSC (LBNL)
Completed degree at Universidade Federal de Lavras (Brazil)

Research: Fast phylogeny inference

Angela Gross

2015-2016
Masters student
Computer Science

Research: Video game optimization (particle system / rendering)
Next step: FAST Enterprises

Bill Arndt

2015-2016
Postdoctoral Fellow (Joint with Kjiersten Fagnan at JGI/NERSC)

BS, PhD, Computer Science, University of South Carolina

Research: HPC optimization of Bioinformatics applications
Next step: Postdoc at NERSC