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I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Prior to joining the faculty at Colorado State University, I worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of California, San Diego in Pavel Pevzner's lab. In November 2010, I received my doctorate degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Ming Li and Prabhakar Ragde

My research aims to design and implement efficient algorithms that solve computational problems in genomics and transcriptomics.  I frequently collaborate with biologists, mathematicians and clinician scientists in the tool development in order to ensure their practical application. 

The Boucher lab greatly appreciates the support from the following granting agencies: USDANIH (CCTSI)Morris Animal Foundation, and Windows Azure for Research.

Currently, hiring GRAs (senior undergrad, MS or PhD) to work on antimicrobial resistence.   

The SLOW GROWTH 3 pentatricopeptide repeat protein is required for the splicing of mitochondrial nad7 intron 2 in Arabidopsis

Wei-Yu Hsieh, Jo-Chien Liao, ChiungYun Chang, Thomas Harrison, Christina Boucher, and Ming-Hsiun Hsieh. The SLOW GROWTH 3 pentatricopeptide repeat protein is required for the splicing of mitochondrial nad7 intron 2 in Arabidopsis. To appear in Plant Physiology

Misassembly Detection using Paired-End Sequence Reads and Optical Mapping Data

Martin Muggli, Simon J. Puglisi, Roy Ronen, and Christina Boucher. Misassembly Detection using Paired-End Sequence Reads and Optical Mapping Data. To appear in the proceedings of the International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB/ECCB 2015).

Consensus Patterns (Probably) Has no EPTAS

Christina Boucher, Christine Lo, and Daniel Lokshtanov. Consensus Patterns (Probably) Has no EPTAS. To appear in the proceedings of the European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2015). Awarded best paper at ESA 2015.

Variable-Order de Bruijn Graphs

Christina Boucher, Alex Bowe, Travis Gagie, Simon J. Puglisi and Kunihiko Sadakane. Variable-Order de Bruijn Graphs. To appear in proceedings of DCC 2015

Elucidating the Role and Use of Bioinformatics Software in Life Science Research

Sarah Morrison-Smith, Christina Boucher, Andrea Bunt, and Jaime Ruiz. Elucidating the Role of Bioinformatics Software in Life Science Research. To appear in the proceedings of the British Human and Computer Interaction Conference (British HCI 2015).

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