I completed my Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley on 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 now work as a computational biologist at Trace Genomics to help measure and model soil biology.