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Lydia Andreyevna Krasilnikova

lidusha [at] mit [dot] edu

Hello! I recently graduated with an MEng from MIT, where I majored in computer science and molecular biology and math and minored in writing. I just started working toward a PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. I study viral infections at the Sabeti lab and alternative DNA structures with my mom.

Before graduating, I blogged for MIT admissions and helped run the blogs behind the scenes. Previously, I have studied sex chromosomes in the Makova lab and the Page lab and the genetics of language at the Berwick lab. For a year I TAed 6.005 (Elements of Software Construction). I also occasionally taught classes for ESP.

If you'd like to convert your MATLAB code to Julia, you should try my MATLAB-to-Julia translator, which I'm very proud of and which now lives entirely in a convenient web interface.

Click. Click click click.

The full list is here.

I wrote a reflection for MIT Technology Review about my 2012 MIT Admissions blog post "Meltdown." My reflection is more optimistically titled "Melting Down, Building Up" (because I am). You can read it here.

Before that, I got to write about residence exploration, which accompanies MIT freshman orientation. You can read the piece online here. You can also read my blog post about it, with bonus photos and text.

More recently, I got to write about Python Bee, an annual MIT tradition. Read it online here. I also got to read and write about A Mind at Play, a biography of Claude Shannon, and interview the authors, Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman. Read it online here.

    Here is my small friendly robot army, which has seen better days and will hopefully see them again soon:
  • @GatsbyBot, a Markov chain based on The Great Gatsby
  • @BotTaylorSwift, a Markov chain based on Taylor Swift lyrics
  • @HatersBot, a fan of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off"


Finally, here is an educational video about dietary fat that I made for a class at MIT (behind-the-scenes blog post here):

It is windy in Boston. Here is a picture of me playing piano, taken by my wonderful boyfriend Cory:

(You made it this far, didn't you?)

I hope that your evenings are also musical, and just as cozy. Have a wonderful day!