About me

I am a PhD student at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Science in Olga Vitek’s lab. My research interests are in developing computational methods for mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics, specifically focused on the application of statistical and causal inference techniques.

I am a one of the lead developers for the MSstats family of R packages. I am the creator of a number packages, including MSstatsPTM and MSstatsLiP packages. Additionally, I have created the R shiny-based GUI MSstatsShiny.

I am currently researching applications of causal inference to biochemical systems; leveraging observational MS-based proteomics data and estimating the effect of perturbations on the downstream system. I have recently presented this work at US HUPO and ProbProg.


I grew up on Nantucket, MA and have lived in Massachusetts for the majority of my life. I completed my undergraduate degree at Union College in Schenectady, NY where I studied economics. After college I started my professional career in the Boston area, where I worked as a data analyst for the digital marketing company Cybba Inc. Eventually, I returned to school at Northeastern to refine my modeling and machine learning skills. I completed my Masters in Data Science in December 2020, after maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout the program, and officially began my PhD in September 2021.


Please get in touch with me by email at kohler.d@northeastern.edu