Determinants of Base Editing Outcomes from Target Library Analysis and Machine Learning
Max W Shen*, Mandana Arbab*, Beverly Mok, Christopher Wilson, Żaneta Matuszek, Christopher A. Cassa, David R. Liu
Cell, 2020. My artwork was featured on the cover of the July 23, 2020 issue!
[Co-first author reordering approved by all co-first authors]
[Code] [Interactive web app]
Predictable and precise template-free CRISPR editing of pathogenic variants
Max W Shen*, Mandana Arbab*, Jonathan Y Hsu, Daniel Worstell, Sannie J Culbertson, Olga Krabbe, Christopher A Cassa, David R Liu, David K Gifford, Richard I Sherwood
[Code] [Interactive web app] [Press feature by Dash plotly for data visualization]
Continuous evolution of SpCas9 variants compatible with non-G PAMs
Shannon M Miller*, Tina Wang*, Peyton B Randolph, Mandana Arbab, Max W Shen, Tony P Huang, Zaneta Matuszek, Gregory A Newby, Holly A Rees, David R Liu
Nature Biotechnology, 2020
Assembly of long error-prone reads using de Bruijn graphs
Yu Lin*, Jeffrey Yuan*, Mikhail Kolmogorov, Max W Shen, Mark Chaisson, Pavel A Pevzner
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2016
plasmidSPAdes: assembling plasmids from whole genome sequencing data
Dmitry Antipov, Nolan Hartwick, Max W Shen, Mikahil Raiko, Alla Lapidus, Pavel A. Pevzner
MEG source imaging method using fast L1 minimum-norm and its applications to signals with brain noise and human resting-state source amplitude images
Ming-Xiong Huang, Charles W Huang, Ashley Robb, AnneMarie Angeles, Sharon L Nichols, Dewleen G Baker, Tao Song, Deborah L Harrington, Rebecca J Theilmann, Ramesh Srinivasan, David Heister, Mithun Diwakar, Jose M Canive, J Christopher Edgar, Yu-Han Chen, Zhengwei Ji, Max W Shen, Fady El-Gabalawy, Michael Levy, Robert McLay, Jennifer Webb-Murphy, Thomas T Liu, Angela Drake, Roland R Lee
Causal Inference & Deep Learning
MIT independent activites period, Jan. 2018
Max W. Shen, Fredrik Johansson
○ Prepared and co-taught a short graduate-level class with 4 sessions and 6 total h. Typical attendance: 20 students.
Applied Probabilistic Programming & Bayesian Machine Learning
MIT independent activites period, Jan. 2017
Max W. Shen, Alvin Shi, Carles Boix
○ Prepared and co-taught a short upper-division class with 6 sessions and 9 total h. First class attendance: 100 students, typical attendance: 25 students.
Applied Machine Learning: My work customizes powerful, modern deep models to leverage the unique structure within each real world problem. I have designed deep conditional autoregressive models to model base editing outcomes, and jointly-trained multitask sister deep networks to accurately learn a particularly noisy subset of CRISPR editing activity. I have taught classes to MIT undergrad and graduate students on Bayesian modeling, deep learning, and causal inference. I am proficient in pytorch, and enjoy keeping up with modern toolkits: see my low-level integration between pyro and gpytorch to learn 10 latent Gaussian processes on time series data in a larger probabilistic model with stochastic variational inference.
Software Engineering: See my GitHub. I completed software engineering internships at Qualcomm Korea (2013) and Illumina (2014). Python is my language of choice, though I have previously worked in C++. Summa cum laude B.S. in Computer Science with a specialization in bioinformatics (2011-2015).
Data Visualization: My interactive web apps have received press attention from Dash plotly. I am proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects, and use matplotlib, pandas, and seaborn everyday. I am also proficient in html, css, and dash plotly.
Communication and Collaboration: My Ph.D. has featured extensive collaboration with wet lab experimentalists, including Richard I. Sherwood and Mandana Arbab. I have completed a 40 h course on conflict management and mediation that has substantially impacted my life.
Management: For two years in undergrad, I managed 9 teams with a total of ~100 students to host a regional urban-style (hip hop) dance competition with ~2,000 audience members with revenue and expenses of $35,000/year. Each team had ~10 students and 2 team leaders, and all team leaders were overseen by me and one other co-leader. This provided substantial public speaking experience, as I led dozens of meetings speaking to and motivating our team of 100 students.