Photo: Jason Dorfman, CSAIL photographer
Where did you grow up: Outside of Toledo, Ohio.
What was your academic path before coming to grad school at MIT? I majored in math and chemistry at Ohio State University, and then I entered an MD-PhD program at Harvard Medical School. After two years of MD coursework, I took a hiatus to get a PhD here at MIT. Along the way, I've also taken two years off to work and travel.
What department are you currently working in, and when did you start there? I began a joint program in applied math and Health Sciences and Technology in 2002.
What are you working on and why are you passionate about it? We are developing new methods to detect spatial clusters of diseases of any shape. It's an exciting research area not only because it's an unsolved problem with important applications to public health, but also because it incorporates many different fields -- statistics, engineering, graph theory, and epidemiology.
What are your future plans? I plan to finish my MD and to do residency, possibly in internal medicine. Ultimately I'd like to divide my time between clinical practice and research.
Is there anything else you'd like to share? I'm married to a former classmate, and we have a vivacious 18 month old daughter. MIT gave us a generous need-based scholarship to help with childcare costs, and my daughter attends daycare downstairs from my CSAIL office. We are expecting a second child in March.