Laura LeGault

E-mail legault AT cs DOT wisc DOT edu
Education :: Work Experience :: Research Summary :: Skills :: Publications :: Personal Interests :: References


2010 - present   University of Wisconsin — MadisonMadison, WI
Ph.D. — Computer Sciences

2007 - 2009   University of Wisconsin — MadisonMadison, WI
Masters — Computer Sciences

2005 - 2007   University of Wisconsin — MadisonMadison, WI
Bachelor of Arts — Mathematics
Certificate — Computer Sciences

Work Experience

UW Computer Sciences DepartmentMadison, WI
2014 - present
Associate Faculty Associate

UW Computer Sciences DepartmentMadison, WI
2008 - 09, 2012 - 2014
Teaching Assistant/Instructor

UW Computer Sciences DepartmentMadison, WI
2010 - 2014
Research Assistant

Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented YouthMadison, WI
Summer 2014

PEOPLE ProgramMadison, WI
Summer 2013


Research Summary

Currently, I am researching ways to improve the efficacy of novice programmer partnerships both through instruction and clever matching of students. I hope to develop an online tool to not only give intro students additional practice with programming and problem solving, but also to analyze their performance and suggest other students in their classes who would be effective partners.

I began my PhD research in Dewey Lab, quantifying relative frequencies of alternative splicing events for RNA. Using directed acyclic graphs and data generated from high-throughput sequencing methods like RNA-Seq, we can infer the relative frequencies of both individual splicing events and full alternative isoforms. This research involves creation of an open source software package called PSGInfer.

My Master's research in treatment planning methods for radiotherapy for cancer patients compared various linear and nonlinear methods for their effectiveness, speed, and accuracy. I additionally developed an interactive tool for visualization of treatment plans.


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Personal Interests

Comic artist (Yourmometer website currently offline), knitting, piano, classical voice, swimming, cycling, dance (modern and ballet), yoga, stage managing (theatre and dance), dispatcher for various Midwestern fan conventions, occasional Wikipedia editing, web design


References and letters of recommendation available on request.