University College London
I was a PhD student at USC between September 2002 and August 2006 in the early days of the Computational Biology PhD program. Most of my work related to genetics and computational biology but I was formally a PhD student in the Applied Mathematics department, jointly supervised by Simon Tavare, Magnus Nordborg and Jeffrey Wall. My experience at USC was great at multiple levels. Professionally first, I learned essential skills in statistics and genetics, but most importantly I learned how to work as an independent researcher. This experience was a step toward a postdoctoral position in a strong laboratory at the University of Cambridge, followed by an assistant professor appointment at University College London in October 2009. In addition to great science, I also enjoyed the human experience: the incredibly international USC campus is a wonderful place to meet people and make friends, which includes my wife whom I have met at USC. Lastly, I also appreciated very much the LA sunny lifestyle and I can hardly imagine a better place for a PhD than Los Angeles.