My main research interests are RNA computational biology and citizen science games.
My RNA research focuses on algorithmic and statistical aproaches to modelling and predicting RNA 3D structure, with a focus on the prediction of specific substructures named RNA 3D modules. I will be presenting my most recent work as a poster at the 2020 RNA meeting, and in a selected talk at the 24th conference on research in computational molecular biology (RECOMB 2020).
My citizen science work focuses on developing a crowd-computing game for large-scale analysis of RNA sequence data. This game has been implemented in Borderlands Science. In this mini-game within Borderlands 3, you can receive loot for playing a puzzle game. This game, for which I design the puzzles, collects the solutions provided by the players to improve our understanding of gut bacteria through genomic sequence alignments. More on our website.
When time (and progress!) allows for it, I write blog posts to update players on the scientific advances of the project they contribute to by playing the game:
I am also President of the McGill Students' Chess Club for the 2020-2021 academic year. We are holding online events and weekly meetings. If you are interested in playing chess, whatever your level, find us on facebook!.