I'm a first year PhD student in MIT's department of Bioengineering. This content is questionable at best since I'm still figuring out the whole Wiki thing. For now you can download my CV. Feel free to read whatever happens to be here.
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Along the way I got involved in politics, martial arts, and computer programming. I served as Treasurer for the King County Young Democrats, and a Democratic Precinct Committee Officer in 2000-01. I practic
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I'm from Seattle WA, in the Pacific Northwest. At first I planned to be a computer programmer, and I talked myself several programming languages. That lasted exactly one week after I got my first programming job. If you've ever worked in a grey cubicle in corporate America then you understand why I got out. Otherwise just be grateful that you don't understand that particular type of pain. After a string of random events I ended up doing genetics and computational biology with Leonid Kruglyak at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. I spent three summers there working on all sorts of computational genetics (genetic linkage analysis, haplotype inference, phylogeny). Since then, all my research has focused on that stuff.
Looking at colleges it was a close call between Stanford and MIT. Taking it right to the deadline, Stanford won out because of more attractive undergrads and better weather. Turned out to be a good choice because here I am at grad school, and now I've been at both places. (don't be stupid, if weather or hot students actually mattered I'd be at UCSD right now. I chose Stanford for academic reasons) I majored in Chemistry with a minor in Bio. Prof. Richard Zare was my academic advisor but I never even looked at doing research in pure chemistry.
In my sophomore year I got involved in biostatistics in medical research with Dr. Harvey Cohen in the Dept of Pediatrics at the Stanford med school. With Dr. Cohen I learned about signal processing, mass spectrometry, biostastics, clincal diagnostics, and other aspects of proteomics. All the details are in the [User:Scottmc#Research|Research]. Research on the border of clinical research completely changed my view of science. The reality of what we do really came into focus when I started working with data from premature infants.