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Ph.D., University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2007

B.A., University of California, Berkeley Molecular Cell Biology, Biochemistry, 2000


San Diego State University, California, September 2011 - present

Supervisor: Forest Rohwer
Conducting studies of human associated microbial and viral communities. Linking Cystic Fibrosis breath gas metabolite data with sputum sequence data to explore the origin of molecules and understand microbial physiology and human disease state.

University of Geneva Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland, August 2008 - 2011

Supervisor: Jacques Schrenzel
Examined microbial communities in healthy and diseased human oral samples. Used both Illumina and 454 high throughput sequencing of 16S rRNA marker genes for community structure analysis. Carried out study design, sample preparation and data analysis. (30% Research Scientist position)

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2001-2007

Advisor: Phoebe Rice
Dissertation: Active site chemistry and specificity of Flp recombinase
Exploit the trans nature of the architecture of the Flp recombinase active site to study the role of catalytically active residues, and understand how the enzyme has specificity for its DNA substrate in both binding and catalytic steps.
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