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 wife is also a scientist and teaches Microbiology at Cedar Crest College. I am also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Computational Biology at The Commonwealth Medical College.
Well… pretty much. I enjoy singing, but haven’t had a chance to do it much since moving to Pennsylvania. I’m a bari-tenor, meaning my “true” voice is that of a bass-baritone, but because tenors are in short supply, I usually 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 playing the ukulele. So, apparently I’m not content to be just a music geek, I have to look ridiculous 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. I do shy away from Windows, as I am most comfortable with the unixy goodness of Linux and Mac OS X. 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.