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Virtual TAs

This calendar shows the availability of GEP Virtual TAs that provide students with real time support in GEP activities and research. Click on the TA’s name in the calendar for information on their expertise or scroll down to Meet the GEP Virtual TAs.

See the Help page for annotation tools user guides, student FAQs and Tips, and tool tutorial videos.

In order to prevent Zoombombing, students should obtain the link for the Zoom meeting room from their instructors (GEP Instructors can find the details on the password (generic) protected page).

Asistentes virtuales Mat habla español.

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Meet the Team

D'Andrew (he/him)

Greetings! I am a Computer Science Major with a minor in Biology at the University of Nevada. When I’m not at school or working, you can usually find me tinkering with science in one way or another. As a student not majoring in Biology, I’m eager to share the intersection of Physical, Computational and Biological Sciences with you in the field of Bioinformatics!

Logan (he/him)

I’m a Biology major with a music minor at Worcester State University who wandered down the genomics pathway (pun intended) because it combined my love of puzzles, biology, and programming. I can usually be found drinking coffee and making dad jokes. I also dabble in rock climbing, jazz flute, costume design, tabletop gaming, and martial arts. My first annotation project was a challenge and gave me the opportunity to expand my toolkit, and I’m excited to help you build yours!

Mat (Yo hablo español)

I am currently a senior majoring in Biology at Mount Saint Mary College. I have been working in GEP projects such as the F-Element and the Pathways Projects. I have also been involved in SEA-PHAGES in which I have annotated genomes of Bacteriophages. Science has played a major role in my career and I’m always eager to learn new things. I currently work as a Pharmacy Technician and plan to become a Pharmacist. The medications mechanism of action is what fascinates me. In my free time, I like to go for runs and play soccer. I love learning new languages.

Nasayah (she/her)

Hi everyone, I am a recent college graduate who majored in biology with a mathematics minor. In my spare time, I love to sew, organize, and play the violin. I am happy to help and answer any questions as we work through your unique GEP annotations.

Nikki (she/her)

What’s goin’ on folks!? Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at UC Davis in Molecular Microbiology with side-interests in Bioinformatics and Genomics. In my free time, I like to go for walks, hikes, contemplate life, watch the sunset and enjoy the sensory experience that new food, spirits, brew, tea and viticulture have to offer. I’m a big advocate for self-care and indulging in the simple moments life has to offer; there’s so much beauty around us at all times. One of my favorite mottos to live by is, “not everyday will be good, but we can find good in everyday.” Can’t wait to meet and go through this unique experience with you!

Sisi (she/her)

Hi! I go to school in Michigan. It’s been a really fun and rewarding experience to assist and learn from various students’ projects. I’m glad I can help students overcome and resolve similar issues that I used to struggle before. In my free time, I like spending my time outdoors such as hiking, biking, or just getting some vitamin D, but I also enjoy finding new food places too. Looking forward to working with you and learn new things about your gene.


Hi, my name is Christina, but I go by ’Stina! I’m currently attending UCSC pursuing my dreams to be on the front lines of positive environmental impacts using science, whether that be in genomic research, bioremediation, or as a professor. I completed my first gene annotation project in 2017 and I seem to still be learning even now, as there are seemingly endless opportunities for growth. As someone who struggled plenty along the way to becoming a GEP TA, I hope I can use my experiences and knowledge to help others see the sense and beauty in all the madness that is genome annotation.


I am a senior biology major at the University of St. Francis in Joliet. Some of my favorite hobbies include going to field museums to view the dinosaur exhibits, taking care of my cats and any animal I find outside, and drawing with graphite mediums! The GEP has opened up a new exploration and purpose with the field of biology for me and I plan to incorporate genetic research into my grad school career. I am greatly familiar with the Pathways Project and spent a majority of my experience with the GEP annotating Ilp5 in various Drosophila species, a small gene that was challenging to identify with BLAST and using gene tracks alone. I am happy to help with any questions and hopefully learn some cool new things about your gene as well!