I became a microbiologist because I was fascinated by the intricate relationships between pathogens and their hosts. Eukaryotic parasites are my first love, but I’ve spent my PhD studying the commensal organisms that live in our gastrointestinal tracts, a community called the gut microbiota. Much of the work in this field has focused on the role of the microbiota in conditions that primarily impact high income countries, such as obesity, allergies, and inflammatory bowel diseases. But recent work suggests this community of beneficial microbes is critical to the health of people in the developing world as well. There is a tremendous opportunity to impact global health by expanding our understanding of the microbiota to topics that predominately affect low income countries, such as vaccine efficacy, malnutrition, and environmental enteropathy.
Moving forward, I hope to combine my microbiology experience and my passion for design that facilitates effective scientific communication in a role that advances research on infectious diseases prevalent in the developing world.
Undergraduate research, Romero lab
Senior honors thesis
Captivity alters physiological parameters in Alectoris chuckar
Paula Frazier Poskitt Scholarship
Carpenter Fellowship (summer research grant)
Intramural Research Training Award, Desai lab
Proteomics-based study of erythrocyte remodeling by human malarial parasite, Plasmodium falciparum
PhD research, Sonnenburg lab
Stanford Graduate Fellowship
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
We're moving to Seattle and I'm interested in opportunities in the biotech, biomedical research, and non-profit sectors.
This is me.