I recieved my B.A in linguistics from University of Kansas in 1997, At that time I was studying Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese and BriBri. I did a year-long study abroad at La Universidad de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica in 1996-1997.

In between the undergrad and grad degrees, i did a year of service with AmeriCorps, in which my team and I initiated a reading program for at-risk and migrant children at Pioneer Elementary in Lafayette, Colorado. We taught reading in English and Spanish, organized community reading events, and implemented ongoing in-class and out-of-class school-wide literacy programs.

In 2004 I earned my M.A in linguistics with certificate in Computational Linguistics from the University of Colorado. My Master's studies focused on programming, information retrieval, semantic orientation and question answering.

Currently I am a computational linguist at the Center for Computational Pharmacology. My research here focuses on entity identification, entity normalization, concept recognition, ontology alignment, linking text to ontologies, and information retrieval. In all projects, we strive to make data and tools available to the public. Please check out the following project resources: