I am a PhD student at UC Berkeley focusing on environmental microbiology. My research combines computational and laboratory tools to study how microbes change chlorine compounds from toxic to benign forms. By using creative approaches to study genomes in communities, this research has identified new genes, microbes, and microbial interactions involved in the biological transformation of chlorine. These methods involve characterizing microbial communities and interpreting gene evolution and function – broadly used techniques in studying microbiomes, discovering enzymes, and engineering strains. I believe in helping my broader community, and upon graduating this fall I hope to work with mission-driven teams solving real-word problems.