About

About Me

Hi! 👋 My name is Ricardo Avila. I enjoy researching computational problems in biology, ranging from protein structures, to genomic sequences and chemical structures. I find that the most difficult and rewarding problems often require connecting seemingly unrelated fields. Hence, I enjoy being in the overlap of different disciplines, figuring out how things come together.

I grew up in the sunny city of El Paso, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where I studied a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry, and a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics. My current research involves machine learning methods for drug discovery, but I’m also very interested in protein structure and molecular simulation.

In my free time I like drawing, taking photographs, reading science fiction, and playing music. For more of that, you can visit my second homepage: ravilart.com

About This Site

This blog has seen several iterations in my attempts at finding the best format for writing. I needed something that can easily display code, documentation and mathematical formulas. Therefore, I have settled on writing these posts in markdown using Jekyll, and hosting the source code on GitLab.

In this small blog, I plan to make regular posts about bioinformatics projects, and miscellaneous code snippets. Most of the time I am coding in Python, R, or BASH… but I will post about whatever I am learning at the moment. My main motivation is that I frequently find myself trying to remember the solution to an old problem that I know I solved before, but spending a long time trying to remember which project it came up in. Hence, I have decided that blogging would be a good habit to build. I am hoping that some of these posts can be helpful to other people as well.

Contact

I’m friendly! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to shoot me an email.

📧 ravila@protonmail.com

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