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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'm about to start the second year of my PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, where I study viral infections at the Sabeti lab.

Before graduating from MIT, 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).

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.

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The full list is here.

    Pieces for MIT Technology Review:
  • on 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
    ("It is Friday, August 28. A group of MIT students are wielding power tools in the East Campus courtyard, building the worldís steepest wooden roller coaster...")
  • a reflection on my 2012 MIT Admissions blog post "Meltdown," more optimistically titled "Melting Down, Building Up" (because I am)
    ("At my MIT interview seven years ago, I said I wanted, like the students and scientists Iíd read about, to be broken down and rebuilt. And thatís exactly what happened in my time at MIT...")
  • on Python Bee, an annual MIT tradition: "The Nth Annual Python Bee"
    ("A comfortably large group gathers in the East Campus dormitoryís main lounge, where the dayís schedule for Bad Ideas Weekend spins from the ceiling...")
  • "Digital Joy," for which I got to read and write about A Mind at Play, a biography of Claude Shannon, and interview the authors, Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman
    ("Claude Shannon somewhat famously built an electromechanical maze-solving robotic mouse named Theseus. But readers of his first biography may be surprised to learn that he built juggling robots, a 35-foot-long swing, and a squadron of unicycles as well...")

    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):

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!