I am an out-of-the-box problem solver who cares about people and impact.
I completed my Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley in environmental microbiology. The research combined computational and laboratory tools to study how microbes change chlorine compounds from toxic to benign forms. By using approaches to study genomes in communities, this research identified new genes, microbes, and microbial interactions involved in the biological transformation of chlorine (see: Chlorine Cycle). These methods involved characterizing microbial communities and interpreting gene evolution and function. I then worked as the lead computational biologist at Trace Genomics to help measure and model soil biology. This required innovative metagenomics method, as soil is the most diverse microbial habitat on the planet.