The goal of my work is to improve the understanding of data and knowledge generated within the life sciences.

What I do

As a researcher, I work in the emerging field of computational information design. I study how informatics, design, and visualization techniques can bring clarity to information in the life sciences.

As an information designer, I make things that explain things. My design products include graphics, graphs, illustrations, and interfaces — but the true product of my work is my viewer’s understanding and insight.

As an educator, I teach scientists and engineers skills for effectively communicating their work. I help to provide the missing curriculum for transforming ideas and data into information that is meaningful for others.

Experience

My educational journey began in biology, took a detour thorough design, and arrived in informatics. Along the way I have performed laboratory-based biological research, human-centered design research, and informatics-focused research. I have taught classes in both life sciences and design, and presented communication design seminars for audiences ranging from science graduate students to technical communicators.

Current work

I am an assistant professor in the Divison of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Kentucky. My research investigates how visual and semantic representation can make information accesible and meaningful to biomedical researchers and clinicians. I am particularly interested in re-envisioning the design of atlases and “information portals” for researchers in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology.