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 (Assistant 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: 520-907-1181

Alex Nord

2015-
PhD student
CMMB

BA, Philosophy, Reed College

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

Daniel Olson

2016-
PhD Student
Computer Science

BS, Biochem, Umiversity of Montana

Research: Models for repetitive biological sequences; accelerated profile HMM search

Tim Anderson

2017-
PhD Student
Computer Science

BS, Computer Science, Umiversity of Montana

Research: Custom data logging systems; FPGA algorithms for sequence alignment

Genevieve Krause

2016-
Masters student
Computer Science
BS, Environmental Studies, Prescott College

Research: Pseudogene detection; frameshift model for sequence alignment

Adam Clemons

2017-
Masters Student
Computer Science

BS, Computer Science, Umiversity of Montana

Research: Software plagiarism

Kaitlin Carey

2017-
Masters student
Computer Science

BS, Biochem, Umiversity of Montana

Research: Improved methods for Transposable Element subfamily annotation; Validation and characterization of protein splicing oddities

David Rich

2018-
Masters student
Computer Science

Research: profile HMM indexing

Michel Wan Der Maas Soares

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

Research: Fast phylogeny inference

Jeremiah Gaiser

2017-
Undergraduate researcher (joint with Mark Grimes)
Biochemistry

Research: Protein interaction networks, profile HMM indexing

Jack Roddy

2017-
Undergraduate researcher
Computer Science

Research: Dfam infrastructure, Sequence Alignment - homologous overextension

Conner Copeland

2017-
Undergraduate researcher
Computer Science

Research: Phylogeny inference, phage annotation

Sarah Walling

2017-
Undergraduate researcher
Computer Science

Research: Validation and characterization of protein splicing oddities

Lab Alumni:

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

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

Angela Gross

2015-2016
Masters student
Computer Science
Moved to software developer position at FAST enterprises

Research: Video game optimization (particle system / rendering)

Gilia Patterson

2015-2017
Post-baccalaureate
Biology/Math

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

Joyce Liu

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

Research: Sequence alignment guide trees and quality assessment