Sarah Stevens


About Me:
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.

Contact Information:
5525 Microbial Sciences
1550 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706