I am a PhD Candidate in the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program at University of Wisconsin - Madison. I currently work in the McMahon Lab studying freshwater microbes in lakes in Wisconsin. I am focused on using reference genomes (genomes from metagenomes and single-cell genomes) of unculturable but common freshwater bacteria to understanding how the diversity of the related bacterial populations changes through time using a metagenomic time series. This work is being done in collaboration with the DOE Joint Genome Institute. My research interests, very generally, include Microbial Ecology, Genomics, Environmental Microbiology, Computational Biology/Bioinformatics, and Limnology.
I administrate our in-lab server and have been teaching my labmates and others to use unix/command-line and python/R. This experience has helped me discover my own interest in teaching researchers computational skills. Along the same lines, I have become a Software Carpentry instructor and started a Computation Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (ComBEE) group. ComBEE provides an opportunity for researchers to discuss new computational tools and learn bioinformatics skills together. We also host both a python and R study groups.
5525 Microbial Sciences
1550 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706