I first started programming during my PhD out of necessity, but soon started coding for fun. Web development is a great creative outlet, allowing me to problem solve and work on fun puzzles. I decided to attend Actualize bootcamp to take my self-taught skills to the next level. There, I made my first full stack app, Adopt-a-Meme. With a Ruby on Rails backend and a Vue.js frontend, this app generates and displays memes of adoptable pets, pulling data from the Petfinder API, to increase adoption rates. It combines two of my interests: dogs and jokes.

Data Analyst +
Product Manager

After grad school, I worked on integrating biological data from multiple species, learning about databases and APIs, and building my first website. In my current role as a product manager, I am combining my science background with my technical abilities by teaching researchers how to use open source data tools and standards to make their data better managed.

Fly Brains +
Open Science

I'm a classically trained neuroscience researcher, and have my PhD from Oregon Health and Science University. While in grad school, I found my passions for open science and advocacy (especially for women in science!). I also started coding by teaching myself Python and R for data analysis of fly brain proteins (image on left).

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Work Experience:

Product Manager | Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research | October 2018 - Present

  • Work with researchers to improve their data management workflows
  • Lead and manage Pilot collaborations, Tool Fund, and Fellows Programme
  • Build community and discover new collaborators
  • Present workshops and give presentations at local and international conferences
  • Liaise between our users and my developer team

Science and Data Analyst | Monarch Initiative | Jan. 2017 - September 2018

  • Communications: blogging, social media management, community outreach, manage help desk requests
  • Open data licensing expertise with the Reusable Data Project
  • Presentations at conferences, including giving talks and posters at Biocuration 2016 & 2017, and CSV Conf 2017
  • Project management within a large, distributed team using tools such as Github and Trello
  • Created open lesson content with the OHSU Data Science Institute to teach data standards to librarians and researchers
  • Data analytics: work with bioinformatics staff to analyze Monarch data and create vizualizations
  • Figure graphic design for presentations and manuscripts with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Monarch website redesign: 1 year+ HTML, 6 months CSS


Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR
PhD, Neuroscience, July 2011 – Dec. 2016
Dissertation research in Dr. Mary Logan’s Laboratory:

  • Identified the PP4 gene complex as a novel member of the glial immune signaling cascade in a Drosophila model.
  • Data analysis of imaging files, survival data, protein and gene quantifications using Volocity imaging software, Prism, R, and Python.
  • Regular presentations at departmental seminars, local and national annual conferences.

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
BS, Neuroscience, 2007 – 2011


Women in Science Portland, 2012 - 2019

  • Founding member; helped grow membership to over 900 people
  • Plan events and programming focused around promoting the advancement of women in STEM fields in the Portland area
  • News editor and communications committee member
  • Manage newsletter, email, and social media communications


  • Volunteer with OnTrack OHSU to teach neuroscience and promote college-readiness to underrepresented middle school and high school students. 2014-2016.
  • Led brain expert outreach table at Oregon Museum of Science and Technology annual Brain Fair. 2012-2016.


  • Student Health Advisory Committee, OHSU. Advocated for graduate student health insurance needs. 2012-2016.
  • All-Hill Student Council, OHSU. Represented the graduate student voice for all-student issues. 2012-2015.

Teaching Experience

Event Planning:

    csv,conf,v4 2019
  • Chair event sessions
  • Organizer committee
  • Hosted pre-event lighting talks

OpenCon Cascadia 2019

  • Designed and managed website
  • Managed financial sponsorships
  • Organized catering
  • Chair event sessions

Cascadia R Conference, 2017 & 2018

  • Manage email communications with all attendees
  • Manage financial sponsorships
  • Manage scholarship recipients
  • Chair event sessions

Science Hack Day Portland, 2016 & 2017

  • Organize pre-event meetups
  • Organize participant projects
  • Organize catering and event set-up

Women in Science Portland, 2012 - 2019

  • Organize Lunch & Learn sessions on career development
  • Planned 3-part negotiation workshops with ChickTech Portland

Publications (ORCID:0000-0001-7120-8536):

  • Carbon, S., Champieux, R., McMurry, JA., Winfree, LM., Wyatt, LR., Haendel, MA. A Measure of Open Data: A Metric and Analysis of Reusable Data Practices in Biomedical Data Resources. BioRxiv Preprint, March 2018.
  • McMurry, JA., ... Winfree, LM., ... Parkinson, H. Identifiers for the 21st century: How to design, provision, and reuse persistent identifiers to maximize utility and impact of life science data. PLOS Biology, June 2017.
  • Winfree, LM., Speese, S., Logan, M. Protein phosphatase 4 coordinates glial membrane recruitment and phagocytic clearance of degenerating axons in Drosophila. Cell Death and Disease, February 2017.

Award-winning Presentations:

  • The Reusable Data Project. Poster, Biocuration Conference, 2018.
  • Axotomy-induced glial immune responses in Protein Phosphatase 4 mutants. Poster, Neuroscience Graduate Program Poster Blitz, 2016.
  • The Protein Phosphatase 4 complex is required for proper axotomy-induced glial immune responses. Poster, NeuroFutures Conference, 2015.
  • Does your glia want a sandwich? What about Falafel. Talk, 3-Minute Thesis Competition, 2013.