Alli Gombolay, Fredrik Vannberg, and Francesca Storici School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
Alli Gombolay is a Ph.D. student in bioinformatics in the laboratory of Dr. Francesca Storici (Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholar) in the School of Biological Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia USA. Alli earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology (minor in Spanish) from Georgia Tech in 2013, and she earned a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in 2015. For her master’s thesis, Alli studied factors associated with the receipt of guideline-concordant adjuvant chemotherapy among breast cancer patients in Georgia under the advisement of Dr. Kevin Ward. As the first Bioinformatics Ph.D. student in Dr. Storici’s Lab, Alli is responsible for building computational analytical pipelines to study a variety of topics in the field of RNA biology, including the effects of rNMPs incorporated erroneously into DNA on genome stability. Alli’s current work focuses on building ready-to-use, open source computational methods to profile rNMP incorporation in DNA with the goal of understanding the role rNMPs play in genome instability and, ultimately, disease.