Blog Posts



  • Using recount3 to query public RNA-seq datasets The recount3 package enables access to a large amount of uniformly processed RNA-seq data from humans and mice. This tool makes it easy to reproduce published analyses or create a meta-analysis from multiple datasets. In this post, I provide the code I used to explore human heart data from the Gene Expression Tissue Database and to reproduce an analysis of mouse hippocampus data from the Sequence Read Archive. 12 Jan 2022
  • Why aren't there more part-time positions in academia? I left academia for a year, and it changed how I think about the 'leaky pipeline' in STEM. 07 Oct 2021
  • Surviving the post-doc years with part-time jobs As a post-doctoral scholar, I aimed to work for 40 hours a week on research on projects. I rarely working overtime as is often recommended. Instead, I volunteered and worked seasonal jobs on the side. These part-time jobs have improved my quality of life and been a source of professional development. In this post, I'll talk about some of the things I've learned at what it means for my future career. 11 Dec 2020
  • Using R to analyze and visualize tweets from SACNAS This blog post explains how I use R to analyze Twitter data to gain a better understanding of who is tweeting at conferences and how impactful those tweets are. I hope you find this explanation useful and that it inspires you to conduct your own analyses of Twitter data. 07 Nov 2019
  • Bar plots as Venn diagram alternatives With this blog post, my goal is to demonstrate how scientists can to use bar charts instead of Venn diagrams to communicate empirical results in an easy-to-reproduce manner. 07 May 2019
  • Musings and Music about Moving to Californ-i-a That's right. After living in Austin, Texas for 15-ish years, I'm moving to Davis, California to continue my postdoctoral research. Here are some musings some musings about my move and a playlist. 04 Mar 2019
  • How my father shaped my career before and after his death A Father's Day reflection 12 Jun 2018
  • Using music, beer, and pop-culture to communicate science A little bit about my Nerd Nite talk called Zombie Brains: Microbial Mind Control. TLDR: David Attenborough meets Tom Waits meets Ed Yong 02 Jan 2018
  • Reproducible Data-Driven Discovery Report back from the Curriculum Development Hackathon for Reproducible Research using Jupyter Notebooks and the Moore Foundation Early Career Researcher Symposium Control 24 Feb 2017




  • Sun Salutation with Affirmations As part of my yoga instructor training, I wrote a sequence that incorporates movement, mantra recitation, and meditation to learn more about ourselves. I taught it in class with a large group of people, but I also repeat this regularly at home and outdoors. 24 Nov 2023
  • Birthday Beach Yoga and Breathwork For my 40th birthday I organized a beach yoga class. The playlist was designed to bring awareness to the breath and the beauty of nature. It was awesome! 08 Oct 2023
  • Saturday Lakefront Yoga A lakefront top yoga class on King's Beach designed for a younger audience with a focus on movement, breath, and mindfulness. 26 Aug 2023
  • Friday Mountain Top Yoga A mountain top yoga class in Tahoe Meadows, NV designed for a younger audience with a focus on movement, breath, and mindfulness. 25 Aug 2023