I’m a PhD Candidate and past CompGen Fellow in the O’Dwyer Lab. I spend most of my time doing research in theoretical ecology, stochastic processes, microbial ecology, and unsupervised machine learning. These days I am interested in developping unsupervised learning algorithms by taking inspiration from state of the art methods used in computational linguistics and topic modelling—I tweak, modify, and adapt them to make them usable in the context of microbial ecology. The goal is to automate the discovery of microbial units which help better document and analyze the immense diversity and complexity of microbial communities beyond the customary use of operational taxonomic units (OTUs). I am also interested in characterizing the diversification and tempo of evolution of microbial communities using novel non-equilibrium phenomenological models developped in collaboration with James O’Dwyer.
Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (PEEC), 2014, 2014
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MSc in Theoretical Physics, 2009, 2009
BSc in Physics, 2006
Université de Sherbrooke