I received my PhD (May 2022) in the Shikuma Lab at San Diego State University in the Cell and Molecular Biology Joint Doctoral Program with University of California, San Diego. I was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2017-2022) and ARCs Scholar (2020-2022). My PhD research used bacterial genetics and genomics to study the properties of bacteria that influence the settlement and metamorphosis of marine invertebrates (tubeworms, Hydractinia and corals). As a postdoc in the Shikuma Lab, I adapted and applied genetic tools to manipulate non-model marine bacteria.
In January 2022, I will join Innovative Genomics Institute (UC Berkeley) as a postdoc under the guidance of Ben Rubin and Jennifer Doudna. There, I will work on the BiomeForge project to develop and apply new technologies to edit natural microbial communities. In my future research, I would like to continue to utilize new and cutting-edge genetic tools to study marine host-microbe and microbiome interactions in ecologically impacted systems, like corals. Beyond research, I enjoy outdoor activities, mentoring women and minorities in STEM, scientific communication and being a good colleague and friend.