I am a PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. John Rawls, where I study how gut microbes colonize, persist, and compete in their hosts. I am currently using insertion sequencing (INSeq) experiments and MALDI-TOF to understand the biology of the pathobiont Bacteroides vulgatus, and I also assist with 16S rRNA gene sequencing data analysis.
I did my undergraduate training at the University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!), where I was fortunate to have many diverse research experiences. As a research technician in the lab of Dr. Christine Salomon, my work involved isolating and characterizing microbes from environmental samples as well as screening these for activity against P. destructans, the causative agent of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) in bats. I also spent a summer interning at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where I helped identify putative binding sites for a transcription factor involved in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
In my spare time, I like to hit the gym, read, and play the guitar. I also enjoy looking for interesting horror movies.