BCB PhD Candidate
Ian is a PhD candidate in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) and Predictive Plant Phenomics (P3) programs at Iowa State University. His primary research interest is how natural language processing and machine learning can be applied to mining biological text data. Currently, his projects involve developing computational pipelines for organizing and analyzing descriptions of phenotypes across plant species, with the goal of providing researchers with new inferences about the relationship between genotype and phenotype in plants. Ian also works on projects involving automating and evaluating computational annotation with biological ontologies, and comparing genome sequences across plant species to understand the relative off-target effects of CRISPR gene editing. Ian graduated from North Central College (Naperville, IL) in 2016 with a BS in Biochemistry and minors in Computer Science and Bioinformatics.
Ian has passed his final oral exam and will graduate with a PhD from Iowa State University in May of 2021.