My name is Reyka Jayasinghe. My mother and father somehow met in California after venturing over the pond from Uganda and Sri Lanka. I was born and raised in Los Angeles California and attended college at San Francisco State University majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology and minoring in Math and Chemistry.
Currently I am a Chancellor's Graduate Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing my doctorate in the Molecular Genetics and Genomics Program. Broadly I study cancer genomics and spend most of my time attempting to create computational tools to analyze large scale sequencing data with a focus on alternative splicing. With the rest of my time I work with a number of volunteer organizations that directly benefit the St. Louis Community. As the Director of the Young Scientist Program and Director of Finance I was involved in writing grants, developing programming, and managing a budget for a student run non-profit organization that aims to attract students to scientific careers. I was also the Technology Director for the BALSA Foundation, a volunteer organization aimed at providing resources and mentorship to first time entrepreneurs in St. Louis. Currently I teach an Introduction to Python course for post-bacc students at WashU and am working to develop a similar course for high school students.
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