I joined the Rasko lab as a postdoc in October of 2014 where I am using genomics, metagenomics, and metatranscriptomics to investigate the resident microbiome of the human gastrointestinal tract when faced with bacterial pathogens and treatment with antibiotics. Originally from California, I started my science training in sunny San Diego at the University of California, San Diego, where I received a B.S. in biology. My master’s research (in Biology, also at UCSD) was with Dr. Doug Bartlett and focused on using genomics to understand high-pressure adaptations of deep-sea bacteria. I earned my PhD in Marine Biology under the advisement of Dr. Brad Moore at Scripps Institution of Oceanography where my research was on the elucidation of the chemical structure and biosynthetic pathway of a novel carotenoid (sioxanthin) from a genus of marine sediment bacteria. When not working, I enjoy cooking, playing violin, and spending time with my baby girl.
My CV is available for download here.