My research is in the area of data and knowledge management. I focus on developing novel information discovery approaches, with the goal of helping the user identify relevant information, and ultimately transform that information into knowledge. I am particularly excited about the challenges that arise in life sciences applications and in social information processing - domains that are experiencing unprecedented growth in the amount and richness of available data. Having graduated from college, I spent 5 years in the start-up industry, as a software developer, data architect and database administrator. This experience has motivated me to work with real datasets whenever possible, and to deliver results of my research to the communities of target users, as part of open-source systems or as stand-alone prototypes. I enjoy collaborative research, and am fortunate to be working with the members of the Database group at the University of Pennsylvania and with the Webdam team at INRIA, France.