About

I am a Computer Science PhD student at the Bioinformatics Research Center, Aarhus University, Denmark. I completed my Bachelor in Computer Science in 2008 at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bucharest, Romania and I moved to Denmark in autumn 2009. I have obtained my Master degree in Bioinformatics in October 2012 and I am currently writing my PhD thesis, which is to be handed in by the end of October 2014.

My interest lies in algorithms and probabilistic models and their applications in bioinformatics, with a recent focus in population genetics. With various degrees of success, I have been involved in working on

  • approximating the allele frequency distribution under the Wright Fisher using the Beta distribution,
  • inferring pairwise IBD in sequence data,
  • using coalescence hidden Markov models for inferring population parameters,
  • motif discovery in ranked lists of sequences,
  • patterns in the sequence of hidden states of a hidden Markov model,
  • computation and use of sufficient statistics for continuous time Markov Chains,
  • stochastic context free grammars for RNA secondary structure prediction.

In my spare time I switch between various creative activities, though these are erratic in their occurrence. Adopting the healthy Danish life style, I have taken up biking and running and I practice them on a regular basis.