I graduated with a PhD in the field of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BICB) from the University of Minnesota in May, 2018. I work at the
Department of Health Sciences Research at Mayo Clinic in the field of bioinformatics. As a bioinformatician, I have developed expertise in a variety of analysis techniques pertaining to DNA, RNA and epigenetic sequence data analysis. Over time, I have developed special interest and proficiency towards RNA or transcriptome data analysis – both protein-coding RNA and non-coding RNA as well as their interactions in diseases such as cancer. An exciting area that my research is focused on is the concept of competing endogenous RNAs, where mRNAs and other non-coding RNAs such as circular RNAs and long non-coding RNAs compete with each other for microRNA binding to cause an impact on the expression of target genes.