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BSc Biochemistry and Biophysics
MSc Bioinformatics (currently working on)

Center for Biological Sequence Analysis
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant: Dr. Rasmus Nielsen Laboratory, Centre for Bioinformatics, København Universitet, Denmark, December 2005–present.
  • Research Assistant: Dr. David W. Ussery Laboratory, Center for Biological Sequence Analysis, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark, August 2005–November 2005.
  • Research Assistant: Dr. Carlos J. Camacho Laboratory, Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, University of Pittsburgh, USA, October 2004–July 2005.
  • Research Assistant: Dr. P. Shing Ho Laboratory, Dept. of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Oregon State University, USA, May 2000–September 2004.
  • Research Assistant: Dr. Alex Rich Laboratory, Dept. of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, Summer 2002/December 2002.
  • English Language Instructor: Berlitz, Ljubljana, Slovenia, December 1996–December 1997.


  • P. Christoph Champ, Sandor Maurice, Jeffery M. Vargason, Tracy Camp, and P. Shing Ho (2004). Distributions of Z-DNA and nuclear factor I in human chromosome 22: a model for coupled transcriptional regulation. Nucleic Acids Research, 32(22):6501-6510. (The Online server of ZHunt can be found here)
    • Citations:
      • Ha SC, Lowenhaupt K, Rich A, Kim YG, and Kim KK (2005). Crystal structure of a junction between B-DNA and Z-DNA reveals two extruded bases. Nature 437:1183-1186.
      • Kwon JA, Rich A (2005). Biological function of the vaccinia virus Z-DNA-binding protein E3L: Gene transactivation and antiapoptotic activity in HeLa cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 102:12759-12764.


  • CBS Fungal Database: DNA structural atlases for complete chromosomes and genomes.
    • Programmer, Server architect, and administrator; November 2005.
  • FastContact Server: a free energy scoring tool for protein-protein complex structures.
    • Programmer, Server architect, and administrator; July 2005–present.
  • SmoothDock Server (currently under development):
    • Programmer, Server architect, and administrator; January 2005–present (note: This server uses code optimised and run in parallel on 256 processors).
  • LooseLoops Server (currently under development and construction):
    • Programmer, Server architect, and administrator; November 2004–present.
  • DomainSplit Server:
    • Server architect and administrator; September 2004–present.
    • An administrator and developer

Technical and Specialized Skills

  • Computer operating systems:
    • Windows (9x,2k,XP), Mac OS, Linux (SuSE and RedHat), and Unix.
  • Computer languages and scripts:
    • C (+MPI), Fortran, BASIC, PERL (+CGI), Java, PHP, X/HTML (+CSS), XML, SQL, various shell scripting (awk, gawk, bash, shebang, man, make/gmake, etc.), R, LaTeX, Postscript and PDF generation.
  • Web Applications:
    • WikiMedia, phpBB (+MODs, SEOs, and Fetch All), WordPress, Smarty, phpAdsNew, etc.
  • Computer System Administration and Security:
    • Apache Webserver, Email Server, SSH, FTP, PGP, etc.
  • Database:
    • MySQL, BLAST (standalone and webserver), Access.
  • Software (*nix):
    • CHARMm, GnuPlot (+C API), Grace, RasMol (+scripting), GIMP (+various image generating techniques), StarOffice, OpenOffice, etc.
  • Software (PC/Mac):
    • Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PageMaker, Adobe Premiere Pro, Microsoft Office(Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Mathematica, Maple, etc.
  • Languages Spoken:
    • English, Spanish (college level), German (college level)

Honors, Awards, Memberships, and Conferences Attended

  • 8th Annual Functional Genomics: Quantitative Biology Conference, Runan, Chalmers, Göteborg, Sweden, 29 August 2005.
    • Attended conference and presented poster ("FastContact: a free energy scoring tool for protein-protein complex structures" - P. Christoph Champ, Hui Ma, and Carlos J. Camacho).
  • CAPRI: Critical Assessment of PRediction of Interactions — Round 7
    • Participant in Round 7 for CAPRI community wide experiment on the comparative evaluation of protein-protein docking for structure prediction (Hosted By EMBL/EBI-MSD Group), May 2005.
  • CAPRI: Critical Assessment of PRediction of Interactions — Round 6
    • Participant in Round 6 for CAPRI community wide experiment on the comparative evaluation of protein-protein docking for structure prediction (Hosted By EMBL/EBI-MSD Group), January 2005.
  • 12th Converstation of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics, Albany, New York, 19-23 June 2001.
    • Attended conference and presented poster ("Mapping Z-DNA in Human Chromosome 22" - P. Christoph Champ, Jeffery M. Vargason, Tracy Camp, and P. Shing Ho).
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute - Corvallis, Oregon (presented research in 2000 and 2001)
    • 2000 HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Program at OSU. (Click here for abstract).
    • 2001 HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Program at OSU, 29-30 August 2001. (Click here for abstract).
  • Oregon State University Honor's College (freshman and sophomore years)
  • National Dean's List (two consecutive years)
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Extracurricular and Leadership Activities

  • World Travels — 44 Countries to-date
  • Volunteer at Biochemistry Workshop for High School Students - Oregon State University, Summer 2000.
  • Visual and Audio Production Training - Japan, October 1995—June 1996.
  • Volunteer Humanitarian Aid Work - Croatia (Zagreb), Summer 1996.
  • Volunteer Humanitarian Aid Work - Hungary (Budapest, Szeged), September 1994—September 1995.
  • Volunteer Humanitarian Aid Work - Russia (Moscow), July 1994—September 1994.
  • Volunteer Humanitarian Aid Work - Byelorussia (Minsk), June 1994.
  • Volunteer Humanitarian Aid Work - Lithuania and Latvia, January 1994.
  • Volunteer Humanitarian Aid Work - Poland (Warsaw), December 1993—May 1994.
  • Volunteer Humanitarian Aid Work - Hungary (Budapest), September 1993—December 1993.
  • Volunteer Humanitarian Aid Work - Ecuador (Guayaquil, Cuenca, Quito), Summer 1993.

Academic Courses Currently Taking (relating to MSc programme)

  • DNA Microarray Analysis
    • Professor: Dr. Henrik Bjørn Nielsn
    • Textbook: A Biologist's Guide to Analysis of DNA Microarray Data.
  • Perl and Unix for Bioinformatics
    • Professor: Peter Wad Sackett
    • Textbook: Learning Perl, Randal Schwartz and Tom Christiansen, O'Reilly, 3rd Edition.
  • Database Systems
    • Professor: Dr. Hans Bruun
    • Textbook: A First Course in Database Systems, Jeffrey D. Ullman, Jennifer Widom Prentice Hall.
  • Molecular Evolution
    • Professor: Dr. Anders Gorm Pedersen
    • Textbook: Inferring Phylogenies, Joseph Felsenstein, Sinauer Associates, Inc. (2003).

Academic Courses Taken (relating to MSc programme)

  • Java Programming
    • Professor: Dr. Jens Thyge Kristensen
    • Textbook: Object-Oriented Software Development Using Java, Xiaoping Jia, Addison-Wesley, 2nd Edition.
  • Molecular Cell Biology
    • Professor: Dr. Uffe Hasbro Mortensen and Dr. Ivan Mijakovic
    • Textbook: Molecular Cell Biology, Scott MP, Matsudaira P, Lodish H, Darnell J, Zipursky L, Kaiser CA, Berk A, and Krieger M. W. H. Freeman, 5th Edition (2003).
  • Advanced Bioinformatics
    • Professor: Dr. Søren Brunak
    • Textbook: Guide to Analysis of DNA Microarray Data, Knudsen S, 2nd Edition (2004).
  • Comparative Microbial Genomics: A Bioinformatics Approach
    • Professor: Dr. David W. Ussery

Academic Courses Taken (relating to BSc degree)

  • General Chemistry I, II, and III (+lab)
    • Professor: Dr. Bridgid Backus
    • Textbook: General Chemistry, Darrell D. Ebbing and Steven D. Gammon, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 6th Edition (1999).
  • Organic Chemistry I, II, and III
    • Professor: Dr. David Horne
    • Textbook: Organic Chemistry, Paula Yurkanis Bruice, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 3rd Edition (2001).
  • Experimental Chemistry I and II (+lab)
    • Professor: Dr. Christine Pastorek and Dr. John Loesor
    • Textbook: Principles and Techniques for an Integrated Chemistry Laboratory, David A. Aikens, et. al., Waveland Press, Inc., Prospect Heights (1984).
  • Physical Chemistry I, II, and III
    • Professor: Dr. Glenn Evans
    • Textbook: Physical Chemistry, Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula, W.H. Freeman and Company, New York, 7th Edition (2002).
      • Physical Chemistry I: Thermochemistry, Thermodynamics, Equilibrium
      • Physical Chemistry II: Quantum Theory (Schrödinger equation), Atomic Structure, Spectroscopy (rotational and vibrational, electronic transitions, magnetic resonance)
      • Physical Chemistry III: Statistical Thermodynamics, Molecular Interactions, Macromolecules and Aggregates, Kinetics and Molecular Reaction Dynamics)
  • Biochemistry I, II, and III (+lab)
    • Professor: Dr. Michael I. Schimerlik, Dr. Tory M. Hagen, Dr. Christopher K. Mathews, and Dr. George D. Pearson.
    • Textbook: Biochemistry, Christopher K. Mathews, K. E. van Holde, and Kevin G. Ahern, Addison Wesley Longman, San Fransisco, 3rd Edition (2000).
      • Biochemistry I: Energetics of Life (Thermodynamics, Chemical Reactions and Equilibrium), Nucleic Acids (Properties, Structure, Function), Protein Structure, Protein Function and Evolution, Protein Dynamics, Carbohydrates
      • Biochemistry I-Laboratory: Biochemical Assays
      • Biochemistry II: Lipids, Membranes, Cellular Transport, Enzymes, Carbohydrate Metabolism, Oxidative Processes, Photosynthesis, Lipid Metabolism, Metabolism of Nitrogenous Compounds, Nucleotide Metabolism, Metabolic Coordination/Control/Signal Transduction
      • Biochemistry II-Laboratory: Molecular Biology
      • Biochemistry III: Information Copying (Replication), Restriction, Repair, Recombination, Rearrangement, Amplification, Transcription, Translation, Expression
      • Biochemistry III-Laboratory: Radioactivity
  • General Biology I, II, and III (+lab)
    • Professor: Richard Liebaert
    • Textbook: Biology, Neil A. Campbell, The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, Inc., Redwood City, 5th Edition (1999).
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
    • Professor: Dr. Charles R. Wert
    • Textbook: Essential Cell Biology, Bruce Alberts, et. al., Garland Publishing, Inc. New York (1998).
  • Genetics
    • Professor: Dr. Carol Rivin
    • Textbook: Genetics: From Genes to Genomes, Leland H. Hartwell, et. al., McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Boston (2000).
  • Evolution
    • Professor: Dr. Stephan J. Arnold
    • Textbook: Evolution: An Introduction, Stephen C. Stearns and Rolf F. Hoekstra, Oxford University Press, Oxford (2000).
  • Physics with Calculus I, II, and III (+lab)
    • Professor: Dr. Henri Jansen, Dr. Carl A. Kocher, and Dr. Rubin H. Landau
    • Textbook: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Saunders College Publishing, Philadelphia, 5th Edition (2000).
  • Biophysics I, II, and III
    • Professor: Dr. P. Shing Ho, Dr. Victor Hsu, and Dr. P. Andrew Karplus
    • Textbook: Physical Biochemistry, Kensal E. van Holde, W. Curtis Johnson, and P. Shing Ho, Prentice Hall, New Jersey (1998).
      • Biophysics I: Biological Macromolecules (Interactions, Environments, Symmetry, Structure), Molecular Thermodynamics, Statistical Thermodynamics (Structural Transitions in Polypeptides and Proteins, Structural Transitions in Polynucleotides and DNA, Nonregular Structures)
      • Biophysics II: Quantum Mechanics, Spectroscopy (Absorption, Linear and Circular Dichroism, Emisson, NMR)
      • Biophysics III: Macromolecular Structure Determination, X-ray Crystallography, Hydrogen Exchange (Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Structure), Atomic Force Microscopy, Mass Spectroscopy, Protein Folding
  • Calculus I: Differential Calculus
  • Calculus II: Integral Calculus
  • Calculus III: Infinite Series and Sequences
  • Calculus IV: Vector Calculus
  • Calculus V: Differential Equations
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Chemical Information
  • Introduction to C Programming
  • Introduction to Web Authoring

Academic Courses (not relating to degrees)

  • Communication: Interpersonal
  • Economics: Introduction to Microeconomics
  • English: Literature of the Western Civilisation
  • Writing: English Composition I
  • Writing: English Composition III
  • Geography: Geography of Africa and the Middle East
  • Geography: Population Geography
  • History: History of the United States of America – Colonial Period
  • Philosophy: Ethics
  • Philosophy: Great Ideas in Philosophy
  • Political Science: Introduction to U.S. Government & Politics
  • German: Year I, II, and III
  • German Conversation: Level I, II, and III
  • German Culture
  • Health: Emergency First Aid
  • Health: Lifetime Wellness
  • Physical Activity: Karate
  • Physical Activity: Jogging
  • Theatre Arts: Improvisation


  • P. Shing Ho, Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Oregon State University.
  • Kevin Ahern, Senior Instructor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Oregon State University.
  • Alex Rich, Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Carlos J. Camacho, Associate Professor of Computational Biology, University of Pittsburgh.

last update: 21-Dec-2005