This week a ton of awesome things happened. First, my paper “Network motifs provide signatures that characterize metabolism” was officially accepted for publication! You can read it in the advanced section of the Molecular BioSystems online journal.
Second, I accepted a position at BigDoor, a Seattle-based tech start-up that gamifies websites to increase user engagement. I’m now a software engineer focusing on all things data. I’m puuuumped to get started and thrilled to reach the happy conclusion of my 6 month job search. Hopefully no future job search will be quite as grueling.
But enough about me! Big Baby Bryan accepted a postdoc at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He’ll be continuing his infectious disease modeling research, but now in the domain of reproductive health. Of course I’m welling up with pride at the thought of him contributing to vaginosis research. Lets put this pest to rest, am I right ladies?!
I’m done! I officially turned in my dissertation to Rackham today so I am officially official, scientifically speaking.
I thought I’d share with you an excerpt from page iii:
Thank you to the people, academic and otherwise, who made it possible for me to complete my PhD studies and research. Specifically, Conner Sandefur served as a mentor, therapist and friend throughout graduate school, and was constantly supportive during my career search. Likewise, many thanks to Ethan Obie Romero-Severson, Grant Meadors, Ian Spicknall, Meghan O’Grady Milbrath and Bryan Mayer (Collectively known as The Edit Club) for the Oxford commas, tense corrections, and many, many beers. I am also indebted to Tanya Salyers, Brian Beck, Dave Ziegler, and Chris Hesse for the career advice.
My research was made possible with the financial, academic and mentoring support I received from my two advisors Chuck Burant and Santiago Schnell. Thank you both for hanging in there through the ups and downs of my thesis projects. Yu Chen and Nina Lin provided 60 metabolic network reconstructions that were essential to my third chapter, and for that I am grateful. Thanks are also in order for those who contributed to the creation of this handy LATEX template. You guys saved me a lot of stress.
Above all, I absolutely could not have completed my PhD without the love and devotion of my partner, Bryan Mayer and my mother, Caryl Carver (Mamakita). Countless nights of debugging and trouble-shooting would have been insurmountable trials if not for Bryan’s patience. Likewise, my mother was always a source of emotional support and encouragement. Thank you all for your kindness and patience during my thesis work.