Andrew Butler

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New York University - August 2015–Present
Ph.D. Biology

University of Texas at Austin - August 2011–May 2015
B.S. Biology Honors

Research Experience

Single Cell Genomics - Advisor: Rahul Satija - May 2016 - Present
  • Currently conducting research on methods development for single-cell RNA-seq analsysis. Topics of interest include cell type identification through supervised and unsupervised analyses. Also contributing to the open source R package developed in the lab.
Computational Biology - Advisor: Claus Wilke - Summer 2013 - Spring 2015
  • Conducted research focused on improving multiple protein sequence alignment. Hidden markov models were used as the basis of these alignment algorithms in order to incorporate relevant biochemical/biophysical information into the alignments. Also contributed to a collaborative project aiming to better characterize bacterial metabolism. Worked primarily with RNA-Seq data to understand tRNA gene levels
  • Contributed to a collaborative project aiming to better characterize bacterial metabolism. Worked primarily with RNA-Seq data to understand tRNA gene levels. Work culminated in an honors thesis project.
Virtual Drug Screening — Freshman Research Initiative - Advisor: Josh Beckham - Summer 2012 - Spring 2013
  • Conducted preliminary drug discovery research. A combination of wet lab techniques and virtual high throughput screening methods were used in an attempt to find inhibitors for a protein target of interest. Worked primarily on a protein critical to viability in Plasmodium falciparum.


Teaching Experience

Recitation Leader — Biostatistics - New York University - Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
  • Led recitation sections for the undergraduate biostatistics course. Taught introductory statistics concepts and the programming language R. Graded assignments and tests for 40+ students.
Peer Mentor — Freshman Research Initiative - University of Texas at Austin - Spring 2013 - Fall 2013
  • Worked as a peer mentor for the Freshman Research Initiative Program. Helped teach proper laboratory techniques and provided assistance and guidance to freshman students interested in research. Supervised by Dr. Josh Beckham.
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant — Biostatistics - University of Texas at Austin - Fall 2012
  • Worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant for Dr. Bindu Viswanathan's "Biostatistics" course. Graded lab and homework assignments for 20+ students. Provided assistance to students during lab time and with in-class assignments.

Selected Graduate Coursework

  • Biocore III/IV
  • Statistics and Machine Learning
  • Bioinformatics
  • Neuroimmunology

Selected Undergraduate Coursework

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Evolution
  • Virology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Computational Biology
  • Data Structures
  • Microbiology
  • Organic Chemistry (I and II)


  • Programming Languages: R, Python, C, C++, TeX, Bash, Java
  • Laboratory Techniques: PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, Ligation Independent Cloning, Protein Expression, Protein Purification, Protein Characterization, Enzymatic Activity Assay, Animal Cell Culture, Virus Purification/Characterization

Conference Presentations

Undergraduate Research Forum - University of Texas at Austin - April 2015
  • Presented a poster summarizing my undergraduate honors thesis research on RNA-seq read coverage variability in tRNA reads.
BEACON Congress - Michigan State University - August 2013
  • Presented a summary of my research related to Hidden Markov Model multiple protein sequence alignment in a short oral talk.
National Conference on Undergraduate Research - University of Wisconsin - La Crosse - April 2013
  • Presented a poster demonstrating the research done towards discovering novel inhibitors for a protein target in Plasmodium falciparum.

Selected Honors

Graduate Fellowships

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2017
  • MacCracken Fellowship, 2015

Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships

  • College Scholar, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • President's Achievement Scholarship, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2015
  • College of Natural Sciences Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2012