Software Engineer, Academia.edu, September 2013 - Present

Co-Founder, Plasmyd.com, October 2011 - September 2013

Graduate Research Assistant, Briggs Lab, Sept 2011 - Present

Intern, Google Summer of Code, Su Lab, Summer 2012
Genelist storage system and enrichment score computation engine.

Intern, NSF REU, Ware Lab, Summer 2011
Maize De Novo Assembly and Annotation in the Cloud

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Saier Lab, Sept 2010 - Jun 2011

Intern, Calit2 Summer Scholarship, Wilfred Li, Summer 2009

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Wilfred Li, Sept 2008 - Oct 2010

Intern, PRIME, Wilfred Li, Summer 2008
Discovery of small molecule inhibitors of H5N1

Undergraduate Research Assistant Ryan Lab, Sept 2007 - Mar 2008

Noteable Open Source Contributions

Notable Projects


Visualize IMDb ratings of any TV series. Featured in Wired, Gizmodo, AV Club, Flowing Data, Fast Company, Time, and others. A v2 of this site is "coming soon".

Tessellate (Code)

Triangles are my favourite shape
Three points where two lines meet
∆ (Alt-J) - Tessellate

Generate tessellated equilateral triangles with pleasant colors onto a canvas. Used to generate the landing graphic above as well as the dividers.

What Would PG Do?

Currently defunct. Search all of Paul Graham's essays and comments on Hacker News for startup related advice. Got called out on TechCrunch and Inc for making something so stupid.

UI Styleguides (Code)

A curated list of UI styleguides. At Academia.edu, we were trying to come up with a reference of design patterns and UI components to standardize on. This is a list of companies who have made beautiful, public references that I often draw inspiration from.


Hypepy (pronounced hyphy) is an python wrapper around Hype Machine. Has support to fetch playlists and related metadata, but I mostly use it to download music from Hype Machine. Adds metadata and album art so it shows a nice image on my phone.

See more open source projects on Github.


JW Walley, Z Shen, R Sartor, KJ Wu, J Osborn, LG Smith, SP Briggs. Reconstruction of protein networks from an atlas of maize seed proteotypes. PNAS. 2013, 110 (49), E4808-E4817. 10.1073/pnas.1319113110.

Newhouse, E.I., D. Xu, P.R.L. Markwick, H.C. Pao, K.J. Wu, R.E. Amaro, M. Alam, J.A. McCammon, P.W.Arzberger, W.W. Li. Mechanism of Glycan Receptor Recognition and Specificity Switch for Avian, Swine and Human Adapted Influenza Virus Hemagglutinins: A Molecular Dynamics Perspective. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131 (47), pp 17430–17442. 10.1021/ja904052q.


M.S., Biology, In Progress
University of California, San Diego

B.S., Biochemistry and Cell Biology, June 2011
University of California, San Diego

B.S., Computer Science, June 2011
University of California, San Diego


Computer Science

Graduate Coursework


Rubik’s Cubing

Staff Photographer, The Guardian (Campus Newspaper), 2009 - 2011

Photographer and Owner, Kevin Wu Photography