Aurora Blucher

Aurora Blucher




Aurora is a National Library of Medicine (NLM) Pre-doctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Before starting the program here at DMICE, she received her undergraduate degree in mathematics from University of Portland. For her dissertation work, Aurora is studying the extent of polypharmacology (or nonselective binding) displayed by currently approved drugs and using probabilistic graphical modeling techniques to explore the cellular pathway activity that results from such binding behavior. Her research interests also include adverse drug reaction prediction and drug repurposing, or finding alternate uses for existing or failed drugs. 

Dr. Shannon McWeeney and Dr. Guanming Wu


Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR                                                       
PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, expected June 2017

University of Portland, Portland, OR                                                                            
BS in Mathematics, May 2012.

Blucher, A., McWeeney, S. Challenges in Secondary Analysis of High Throughput Screening Data. Accepted proceedings paper, Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing. 2014: 114-124.

Blucher A, Salas M, Williams N, Callender H. Mathematical modeling of integrin dynamics in initial formation of focal adhesions. Involve J Math. 2014;7(4):509–27.