I am a PhD student in the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (MGM) department
interested in how gut bacteria interact with each other and their host. In the David Lab
, I study how bacteria metabolize dietary fiber and how altering the gut microbiome can effect physiological and psychological changes in humans.
Before coming to Duke, I received my BS in Biology & Biotechnology
from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts. My undergraduate thesis (or MQP
, in WPI-speak) in the Rao Lab
focused on interactions between Candida albicans
and host macrophages.
Current Research Interests
Human gut microbiome, dietary fiber metabolism, gut-brain axis, in vitro
models of bacterial communities, computational biology, pediatric gut microbiome, gastrointestinal disorders, human dietary interventions, food science, host-microbial interactions, infectious disease
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