Zorian Thornton

Ph.D Student, Genome Sciences, Seattle, WA

Education

July 2021 - Present University of Washington, Seattle

Sep. 2019 - July 2021 University of Washington, Seattle

Aug. 2015-May 2019 Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

Aug. 2015-May 2019 Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

Research Experience

June 2020-Present Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center

March 2020-June 2020 University of Washington Department of Genome Sciences

Jan. 2020-March 2020 Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center

Sep. 2019-Dec 2019 University of Washington Department of Genome Sciences

Aug. 2018-May 2019 Virginia Tech Department of Statistics

Aug. 2017-May 2019 Virginia Tech Department of Statistics

June 2017-Aug 2017 University of Washington Department of Genome Sciences

Research interests

Bayesian statistics, approximate inference, deep learning, adaptive immunology, viral evolution, phylogenetics,

Awards

2020 Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Alexandria, VA

2019 Member, Mu Sigma Rho, National Honor Society, Virginia Tech

2018 Finalist, College of Science Dean’s Roundtable Scholarship, Virginia Tech

Recipient, Luther and Alice Hamlett Undergraduate Research Grant, Virginia Tech Academy of Integrated Sciences

2017 Fellow, Fralin Research Institute, Virginia Tech

2016 Recipient, Eckert Statistics Scholar, Virginia Tech

Publications

Journals

2021 El Moustaid, F., Thornton, Z., Slamani, H. et al. Predicting temperature-dependent transmission suitability of bluetongue virus in livestock. Parasites Vectors 14, 382 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-021-04826-y

2018 Andrew Keller, Juan D. Chavez, Jimmy K. Eng, Zorian Thornton, and James E. Bruce Journal of Proteome Research 2, 753-758 (2019) https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jproteome.8b00703

Research Presentations

2019 Predicting Disease Progression of Colorectal Cancer via Self-Organizing Maps, RECOMB 2019, George Washington University, Washington DC, May 2019

2018 Modeling Bluetongue Virus via Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods, Student Experiential Learning Conference, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, Apr. 2018

2017 Viewing Molecular Interaction Interfaces Through Directed Computational Methods, Department of Genome Sciences Research Symposium, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Aug. 2017

Work Experience

June 2019-Sept. 2019 Virginia Tech Statistical Applications and Innovations Group

June 2018-August 2018 Nielsen

Jan. 2017-Aug. 2018 Virginia Tech Math Emporium

Programming Languages, Tools, and Concepts

Preferred Programming Languages

Dev Tools & Environments

HPC Tools

Other languages I rarely use now

Proffesional Organizations