Chase Nelson is a Gerstner Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology at the American Museum of Natural History and a Visiting Scholar at New York University in New York City. His doctoral research under Austin L. Hughes focused on within-host viral evolution, culminating in the computational tool SNPGenie. Current research includes the evolution and immunogenetics of human papillomavirus carcinogenicity and orthology determination. Outside of science and writing, Nelson is a musician, aspiring dancer, and LGBT activist.