Hi, I am a Microbial Ecologist working at the intersection of microbiology, environmental engineering, and clinical/translational science, aiming to develop bio-based strategies to improve ecological and public health. My interdisciplinary research focuses on microbiomes (microbial communities and their genes) associated with humans, agriculture, and built environments… including space travel.
I earned my Bachelors and Masters at University of Maryland (2011 & 2014) and PhD at University of Florida (2017; mentored by Dr. Max Teplitski). I received additional training at the USDA-ARS in the lab of Dr. Yakov Pachepsky (2011-2015). Currently, I am a NIH-NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University in the TL1 training program, supervised by Dr. Erica Hartmann and co-mentored by Dr. Patrick Seed.
Outside the lab I enjoy family time, jogging, tennis, and nature.
NU Technological Institute
2145 Sheridan Road, Rm A223
Evanston, IL 60208