Neuroscientist • Developer • Communication Specialist
Hi, I'm Sami.
I thrive at the intersection of science and technology.
My specialty is discovering and communicating the stories that live within data, science, and the natural world.
I have over 10 years of research experience spanning neuroscience, molecular biology, genomics, and transcriptomics.
My earliest heroes were Ms. Frizzle and Bill Nye. Their enthusiasm for the scientific method and teaching are inextricably woven into the work I do.
I strongly believe science and information should be accessible, so I approach my work with the intention of simplifying complex ideas into engaging insights and shared understanding.
Interested in learning more? Check out some of my guided workshops, recorded seminars, outreach materials, and coding projects below.
Every dataset has a story to tell. I have firsthand experience with every stage of the data life cycle - from collection, to cleaning, to analysis, to visualization, and synthesis.
Transforming loosely defined goals or questions into concrete, actionable tasks is one of the most valuable skills I've honed as a researcher and programmer.
Python and R are my playground. Addressing scientific questions, automating repetitive tasks, and building web apps are just a few of the ways I find joy in programming.
I deliver information-rich presentations with a strong intuition for audience-specific communication. I convey ideas clearly with effective speech and visual content.
Whether it's writing grants, peer-reviewed publications, or sensitive emails, I lead with key points and optimize structure for clarity.
I have led technical workshops, designed curriculums for courses and outreach programs, and mentored grade school through college students.
My dissertation work demonstrating that male and female zebra finches express unique sets of genes during the development of a key song region in the brain.
SR Friedrich, AA Nevue, ALP Andrade, TAF Velho, CV Mello. 2022. Aug 2;40(5):111152.
An animal care-oriented text on zebra finch behavior in the wild versus captivity, and how best to support their natural behaviors in research settings.
Friedrich SR & CV Mello. Behavioral Biology of Laboratory Animals. CRC Press. 2021. ISBN 9780367029234.
A Jupyter Notebook-based workshop that demonstrates some of the neat ways to explore and display data using matplotlib, seaborn and bokeh. It also introduces building k-nearest neighbors models with scikit-learn.
My #1 passion project. Type in a music venue, and get a curated playlist of songs from artists with upcoming performances. Built using React and Python (Flask).
Taking the stage as the Student Speaker at my college graduation, I offer seven actionable strategies to nuture curiosity and wonder throughout life. Delivered at the University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Commencement in Dec 2012, these are core principles I continue to live by.
In this video, I share my path to becoming an avian neuroscientist, my day to day as a graduate researcher, and some of the pros and cons of the job. Created for a middle school virtual Career Day in 2021.
Interested in working with me? I'd love to hear from you!