I am an assistant professor at the ECE department, University of California, San Diego, where I have been a faculty member since the summer of 2015. In addition to my home department, I am affiliated with the CSE department, Bioinformatics, and Center for Microbiome Innovation. I obtained my Ph.D. from the Computer Science department at UT-Austin and was advised by Prof. Tandy Warnow and Prof. Keshav Pingali.

My Ph.D. research was supported by an NSERC PGS award and Howard Hughes Medical Institute international student fellowship. My dissertation won the honorable mention for the 2015 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award and I am recipient of the 2017 Sloan Research Fellowship in Computational & Evolutionary Molecular Biology.

My research area is computational biology and my lab develops methods that target large-scale datasets. My specific areas of research span many topics, including, reconstruction of species trees from gene trees (phylogenomics), large-scale multiple sequence alignment, HIV transmission network reconstruction, and metagenomic analyses using phylogenetic approaches.


  • We are now hiring a postdoc for a project related to HIV.
  • Students admitted to the UCSD Ph.D. programs in ECE, CSE, or Bioinformatics interested in my research should contact me.

Check out my publications page for the list of recent and old papers, and look at the news for miscellaneous information. Here is my (hopefully up-to-date) CV. And my (hopefully up-to-date) calendar: