I'm a software engineer working on sequence analysis of non-coding RNAs. As an undergraduate, I majored in biology and computer science at the University of Maryland in College Park. I did my graduate work on RNA sequence analysis with Sean Eddy at Washington University in St. Louis (first three years) and at Janelia Farm (final three years). I've continued that work since graduating and am currently the lead developer of the Infernal software package. Infernal is used by the Rfam database to annotate non-coding RNAs in sequence databases and also by the Ribosomal Database Project (RDP) to align 16S ribosomal RNAs. I spend a lot of time trying to make Infernal run faster, so it can be used on large datasets in a reasonable amount of time.