Alina has a B.S. in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University. She joined the Scacheri Lab in the summer of 2010, as a college senior, developing several computational tools for the analysis of high throughput DNA sequencing data prior to graduation. She then transitioned to her full-time position as an analyst programmer. Her primary responsibilities include but are not limited to: assisting graduate students with the computational aspects of their projects, data management as well as statistical and bioinformatics analyses of genomic data. Her current work is focused on finding functionally relevant somatic mutations in regulatory elements in colon cancer. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, doing yoga, indoor rock climbing, and exploring the outdoors.