👋 Hey, I’m Aaron.

I’m a software engineer at TileDB with a background in computational biology. In my previous academic life, I was an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where I was Director of Bioinformatics for the Transplant Research Institute, and before that I was a faculty member in the Department of Human Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University. I co-founded VCU’s Data Science Lab with Tim York, which provides opportunities for faculty and students to learn about modern computational workflows that facilitate rigorous and reproducible research.

BTW, I’m not the Aaron Wolen who races motorcycles. However, I’m pretty good at Excite Bike.

  • Data Science / Bioinformatics
  • Data visualization
  • Reproducible Research
  • Open Source Software Development
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow

    Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics

  • Ph.D., Human & Molecular Genetics

    Virginia Commonwealth University

  • B.S., Psychology / Biology Minor

    Virginia Commonwealth University


I’m an avid programmer and OSS enthusiast. I have contributed to popular open source projects like Pandoc, knitr, tidyr, and r/qtl, and have also authored several of my own.

An R package for interacting with the Open Science Framework that is primarily focused on project management workflows.
A Pandoc template for writing letters in markdown
Easily visualize and inspect microarrays for spatial artifacts.
Linl Is Not Letter – RMarkdown-based LaTeX letter template. Co-authored with Dirk Eddelbuettel.


Recent publications from research projects I’ve been involved with. Or is it with which I’ve been involved? Either way, here they are.

(2020). osfr: An R Interface to the Open Science Framework. JOSS.

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(2019). Adducins inhibit lung cancer cell migration through mechanisms involving regulation of cell-matrix adhesion and cadherin-11 expression. Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Cell Res.

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(2019). Cross-species alcohol dependence-associated gene networks: Co-analysis of mouse brain gene expression and human genome-wide association data. PLoS One.

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