I am interested in utilizing microbial systems to investigate evolutionary questions. More specifically, my research explores how genetic, environmental, and social interactions influence the evolutionary outcomes of microorganisms. I am a collaborator on projects examining the beta-lactamase enzyme, rifampicin resistance mutations in the RNA polymerase holoenzyme, and coevolution of two microbial species involved in a laboratory-constructed, obligate mutualism.
I am originally from Chicago, IL but did my undergraduate work in San Diego, CA. As an undergraduate, I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Terry Bird studying how the bacterium, Rhodospirillum centenum, responds to adverse environmental conditions. Following graduation, I spent a gap year working in an infectious diseases laboratory where I was a part of a team that would help perform molecular and microbiological tests to identify pathogens in clinical samples. Currently, I am a member of the Kerr Lab where I study evolutionary questions in a variety of microbial systems.