Personal Statement

I am a senior level Bioinformatician, Information Architect, Data Scientist, and Software Engineer with 20+ years of experience working for two major universities involved in Genomics & Bioinformatics (PENN STATE & LSU), a world-class chemical company (BASF), and a start-up software development company (VEDALABS).  I have a broad background in biology, engineering, and computer science and have combined aspects of all 3 disciplines my entire career.  I have experience architecting, developing and implementing bioinformatics solutions and ability to capture and analyze complex requirements and define solutions.  I have proven experience in data management using various relational database management systems and programming languages, and evaluating and using open-source software as needed. I have great mentoring skills, experience guiding other development team members on best practices and proven ability to work with and effectively lead cross-functional teams.

Positions, Scientific Appointments and Honors 

  • 2022 – Present - Adjunct Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • 2020 – Present - Visiting Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences Department, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • 2019 – Present- Digitalization Manager, Monomers NA, BASF Chemical Company, Geismar, LA
  • 2015 – 2019- Knowledge Management Leader, BASF North America, Geismar, LA
  • 2009 – 2015- Sr. Scientist, Bioinformatics, BASF Plant Science, Research Triangle Park, NC
  • 2001 – 2009- Lead Bioinformatician, Floral Genome Project, Penn State University, State College, PA
  • 1999 – 2001- Software Developer and Database Administrator, Vedalabs, Baton Rouge, LA
  • 1997 – 1999- Lab Instructor, Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Departments, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA


  • PhD, Computational Biology - Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering - Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • B.S., Biological Sciences - Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA