Short: Born in Seattle, college at Brown University, Fulbright Fellow in Panama, PhD student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Genomics, evolution, microbiology.
Long: I study the ecology and evolution of microbial communities, with a focus on creating practical solutions to problems in human and ecological health. I am a PhD student and NSF graduate research fellow in microbiology and biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Eric Alm’s lab. Using experimental and computational tools, my research includes understanding the role of the gut microbiota in metabolic syndrome (obesity and diabetes) and behavioral disorders (depression and anxiety), studying mechanisms of rapid adaptation, and designing new therapeutics for gut-related diseases like Clostridium difficile infections and inflammatory bowel disease. In the past, I have been a research associate at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center; a U.S. Fulbright Fellow and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Fellow in Bocas del Toro, Panama; a research technician at Brown University; and a kayak and bike expedition leader with the YMCA. I received my ScB from Brown University. For more information, please see my CV.
Besides research, I love alpinism, outdoor education, and environmental causes.