Education

UC Riverside

  • PhD in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology
  • BS in Biology

Skills

Genomics and Epigenomics

  • Genomics and Epigenomics of complex human diseases including PTSD, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, and Alzheimer's Disease using cross-sectional and longitudinal experimental designs
  • Correcting for and experimental design to overcome multiple testing, confounders, and batch effects using Bayesian and frequentist methods approaches
  • Reproducible, scalable analysis using workflows on cloud- and cluster-based systems on terabyte-scale datasets
  • Using evolutionary genomics to identify causal human variants

Statistics

  • Statistical modeling
  • Addressing confounders and batch effects
  • Reproducible research

Big Data

  • Parallel and Cloud Computing
  • Inter-process communication: MPI, OpenMP, Hadoop
  • Filestorage: Gluster, CEFS, GPFS, Lustre
  • Cloud based-infrastructure: Azure, AWS, Docker, cloud-init
  • Debian GNU/Linux system administration

Mentoring and Leadership

  • Mentored graduate students and Outreachy and Google Summer of Code interns
  • Chairperson of the Debian Technical Committee
  • Head developer behind https://bugs.debian.org

Software Development

  • Languages: perl, R, C, C++, python, groovy, assembly, sh, make
  • Collaborative Development: git, travis, continuous integration, automated testing
  • Databases: Postgresql (PL/SQL), SQLite, Mysql

Communication

  • Strong written communication skills as evidenced by publication record
  • Strong verbal and presentation skills as evidenced by presentation and teaching record

Experience

Research Scientist at UIUC

  • 2015–Present. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Epigenetic modifications associated with PTSD, the genomic basis of the development of parturition in mammals, and detecting adverse pregnancy outcomes using urinary exosomes.

Postdoctoral Researcher at USC

  • 2013–2015. Identifying genes and causal alleles associated with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus using genome-wide association, next-generation sequencing, computational and biochemical approaches.

Postdoctoral Researcher at UCR

  • 2010–2012. Identifying genes which are associated with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus using prior information and targeted trio-based studies.

Debian Developer

  • 2004–Present. Debian Project, Developer; Technical Committee Member (2010–2016), Technical Committee Chair (2015–2016).

Authored Software

Publications and Presentations

  • 20 peer-reviewed refereed publications cited over 1700 times: https://dla2.us/pubs
  • Publication record in GWAS, expression analysis of microarrays, epigenetics, comparative evolution of mammals, and lipid membranes
  • H index of 11
  • Multiple presentations on EWAS of PTSD, genetics of SLE, and Open Source: https://dla2.us/pres

Funding and Awards

Grants

  • 2017 R Consortium: Adding Linux Binary Builders to R-Hub Role: Co-PI
  • 2015 Blue Waters Allocation Grant: Making ancestral trees using Bayesian inference to identify disease-causing genetic variants Role: Primary Investigator
  • Tracking placenta and uterine funciton using urinary extracellular vesicles (R21 RFA-HD-16-037) Role: Key Personnel
  • NIAMS R01-AR045650-04 Genetics of Childhood Onset SLE to Chaim O. Jacob. Role: Key Personnel

Scholarships and Fellowships

  • 2001--2003: University of California, Riverside Doctoral Fellowship
  • 1997--2001: Regents of the University of California Scholarship.

Academic Information

You can also read my Curriculum Vitæ (pdf), Research Statement (pdf), and Teaching Statement (pdf).

For my contact information or additional references, please e-mail don@donarmstrong.com