I am carrying out my studies in the laboratory of Trevor Charles where I am currently working on human gut functional metagenomics. I am cloning DNA from the microbes that live in the human GI tract to make metagenomic libraries. I am also starting to apply functional screens to these libraries, to look for interesting functions in gut microbial genomes. I am also trying to learn some programming in an attempt to handle the craziness that is today’s DNA sequencing-driven field of Biology, particularly true of Metagenomics.
When I am not working in the laboratory, extracting DNA from poo samples and making poo-related jokes with my co-workers, I am usually reading, writing, or spending time with family, friends, and my significant other. I also like to do yoga, go camping, make art, oil paint, volunteer, take long strolls and ponder the meaning of life.