About

Hi there, I’m Claire!

I am an early career scientist in bioinformatics in the stem cell technology and informatics groups at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). I support the induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lab by building data pipelines for analysis of high throughput single cell RNA, bulk RNA, gene differentiation, and other data. This group at NCATS aims to be at the forefront of iPSC research to rigorously answer questions such as:

  • What are the ideal culturing conditions for iPSC differentiation?
  • How can you aggregate single cell RNA from multiple sequencing platforms, while applying best normalization practices?
  • How can we best share our data and findings with the public?

Previously I was a research data analyst at Johns Hopkins University in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, also known as the Data Analysis Core. I have experience with whole genome sequencing data, genome annotation, and development of new bioinformatics software where there is need in my lab and broadly in the science community.

Goals

  • Potentially pursue PhD in computer science or bioinformatics in part because I would like to develop my software development skills
  • Learn new functional programming languages and bio-tools in the meantime
  • Achieve a decent kale or chicory root harvest in 2018! Stay tuned!

Personal interests

  • Programming. I use Perl, R, bash, and SAS. I am fluent in R and have grown to love the language. I love coding and I want to learn ruby and java.
  • Electronic & experimental music. I have a small cassette tape & vinyl collection, with many independent artists from Bandcamp. Synthpop, vaporwave, ’80s styles are my favorites. Right now I am also listening to bossa nova, a Brazilian samba-jazz genre from the ’50s.
  • Digital art. I create abstract and photorealistic pieces.
  • My pet rabbit Theodore (Theo). He’s a 3 year old dwarf lionhead with¬†what is known as broken white fur color. He eats a lot of kale and cilantro.

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