Who are you?

I'm just this guy, you know?

How did you get here?

I received my bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Nebraska, and my Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. I spent a few years at Washington University in St. Louis as a postdoc before accepting a position at the Protein Data Bank. If you want more nitty-gritty details, see my CV.

What do you do?

Most of my "free" time is currently taken up by our daughters, who are a bit of a.... hand full. My spouse is also a scientist and we both teach at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

That's it?

Well... pretty much. Dr. Reese and I often sing in the Royal Chorale. I'm a bari-tenor, meaning my "true" voice is that of a bass-baritone, but because tenors are in short supply, I sometimes end up on tenor. I have been known to dress up and sing madrigals. In tights. You got a problem with that? I also enjoy dinking around on computers. This has been known to come in handy when doing bioinformatics. Lately, I’ve taken to collecting stringed instruments. I started playing the ukulele but have since moved to making them as well.

Are you a computer geek?

Hrm.... probably. I have a Windows box, the lab servers for analyzing whole genome sequence data run Linux, and my office computer is a Mac. As Microsoft embraces the Windows Subsystem for Linux more and more, it has become less painful to live in the (IT mandated) Windows world. Most of the programs and utilities we use in structural biology and bioinformatics are written for unix. As Mac OS X is built on top of unix, this means I can test/develop programs on my office computer before transferring them to the lab server.

Are you a Data Scientist?

Some days I consider myself a Data Scientist, mostly when I teach Introduction to Data Science. But seeing as no one seems to have a common definition of what one is... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The bottom line is I've been using python and R to deal with messy data and visualize it for over a decade.