I completed my PhD at UC Berkeley on environmental microbiology. My research combined 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 identified new genes, microbes, and microbial interactions involved in the biological transformation of chlorine. These methods involved characterizing microbial communities and interpreting gene evolution and function – broadly used techniques in studying microbiomes, discovering enzymes, and engineering strains.
Upon graduating, I joined Trace Genomics as a computational biologist to help turn soil biology into agronomically valuable information.