About

I am a microbial ecologist currently working as a Research Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology in the Biology and the Built Environment Center at the University of Oregon. Our collaborative research team works to understand how building design influences the indoor microbiome and human health.


My research background melds host-associated, soil-associated, and building-associated microbial ecology to understand microbial communities, the dynamics that shift them, and how they might alter host or occupant health.

Previously, I was a post-doctoral researcher in the Menalled Lab at Montana State University, Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences.  There, I focused on the bioinformatics analysis of soil microbial ecosystems.  Previous to that, I was a post-doc in the Yeoman Lab in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences working on the bioinformatic analysis of soil, water, and host-associated microbes.

Photo Credit: Tom Rayner, Tenure Chasers, 2015.

I received my Doctorate in Animal, Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont, Dept. of Animal Science.  My graduate study focused on the rumen microbiology of the moose (Alces alces), including identification using high throughput sequencing and DNA analysis, isolation of bacteria using anaerobic culturing techniques, and investigation/application of economically and environmentally important species.

Bacillus licheniformis isolated from the rumen of a North American moose in Vermont.

My philosophy is that researchers have an obligation to share and disseminate the results of their work, and to engage both the general public and the specific groups that may benefit from those findings.  As such, this site will strive to create a connection between myself and, well, you!  Microbiology is for sharing! And so is molecular genetics, and bioinformatics, and astrophysics…

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