About Lee

Once described as “almost as cool as Chuck Norris”, Lee Falin is a bioinformaticianwriter, educator, software developer, entrepreneur, and Mormon.

He and his amazing wife homeschool their five kids.

You can purchase his books anywhere fine books are sold.

Writing

Half Worlder
A fun science fiction story about a young woman fighting to save her friends from space pirates, while trying to find her place in a galaxy that seems determined to despise her for what she is — a half worlder.

Science Fictioned
Science Fictioned takes ideas from cutting-edge, scientific research papers and turns them into science fiction and fantasy stories.

Tor.com Articles
A series of articles that look at the real science behind popular sci-fi and fantasy novels such as Dune, Mistborn, and the Foundation Trilogy.

Everday Einstein Podcast
From 2012 to 2014 I wrote and hosted the Everyday Einstein science podcast on Macmillan’s Quick and Dirty Tips network.

Scientific American
Some of my Everyday Einstein articles were also featured on Scientific American.

Bioinformatics Research

Using Interpolation to Estimate System Uncertainty in Gene Expression Experiments
PLoS One (2011) Falin LJ, Tyler BM

Microme – A Resource for Bacterial Metabolism
The European Bioinformatics Institute

Ensembl Genomes 2013: Scaling up Access to Genome-Wide Data
Nucleic Acids Research (2013) Kersey, PJ, Allen, JE, Christensen, M, Davis, P, Falin, LJ, Grabmueller, C, et al.

Academic Posters (science fairs for grownups)

Using Interpolation to Estimate System Uncertainty in Gene Expression Experiments
ACC 2010 Interdisciplinary Forum for Discovery in the Life Sciences

Uncertainty Quantification and Minimization in Gene Expression Data
2010 ISCB Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology

Academic History

Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science
University of Illinois – 2005

PhD in Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
Virginia Tech – 2011

My PhD dissertation consisted of developing a novel statistical method for the quantification of uncertainty in time-series experiments, as well as some work on using functional linkage networks to aid in gene function prediction.

Academic Talks

Adapting Teaching to the Needs of the Learner
Virginia Tech – 2010 Hokie Stone Commemoration

System Uncertainty in Gene Expression Data
Virginia Tech – 2010 Graduate Research Symposium

OpenCL – Now everyone has a super computer (almost)
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute – 2009 GBCB Seminar

Inference of Functional Modules in Regulatory Networks
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute – 2007 GBCB Seminar

Inference of Functional Modules in Regulatory Networks
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute – 2007 Research Symposium