Eugene, OR 97405 EDUCATION B.S. Biological Science and Environmental Studies University of Oregon Summer 2013 AWARDS Acceptance into PhD program UO Institute of Ecology and Evolution Fall 2013 McNair Scholarship 2010 UnderGrEBES Research Grant 2011
Microbial Traits in the Zebrafish-Gut Microbial Community
Advisor DR. BRENDAN BOHANNAN
Focusing on the ecology, that is the processes that determine the spatial and temporal structure of the gut-microbiota in the model vertebrate, zebrafish (Danio rario), my research aims to investigate the role of various microbial traits in the gut microbiota. I analyzed the microbial traits (e.g. motility, motility speed, growth rate, hemolysis, biofilm adherence, in vivo colonization and competition) in 19 unique bacterial strains that we derived from conventionally-reared zebrafish gut.
Oregon Aquatic Invasion: The Ecological Perspective
Adviser DR. BARBARA ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œBITTYÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â ROY
Early after my return to academia, I noted gaps between science, policy, and industry regarding environmental regulation. I helped bridge this gap by designing and teaching a one hour, state-accredited course on applied ecology for industry professionals.
PRESENTATIONS SACNAS National Conference Diversity of Microbial Traits in Zebrafish Gut Microbiota 2012
UnderGrEBES Research Sysmposium 2012 McNair Summer Research Symposium 2012 Oregon ContractorÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Board Seminar Oregon Aquatic Invasion: The Ecological Approach 2011
WORK EXPERIENCE Undergraduate researcher in Dr. Brendan Bohannan Lab, Institute of Ecology and Evolution at University of Oregon 2009-present Isolation and characterization of bacterial constituents of zebrafish gut, Culture-dependent methods and sterile technique, microscopy, DNA extraction, PCR, and gels. President, Stone of Oregon Inc. 2009- 2011 Operations and sales manager, Product innovator,Manufacturing supervisor Owner and Operator, Elements Open Studio LLC. 1998- 2010 Operations and sales manager, Project designer and supervisor, Contractor
Life on earth is far too rare a phenomenon to not investigate, hence I am devoting my future to biological research. Presently, the microbiome is my focus.
We take for granted our microbial partners, even give them a poor reputation. We choose to act at war with them, blaming them for diseases, which we've mostly created ourselves. In our anthropocentric view we've ignored the evolutionary fact that these microbes make our existence possible. It is time for a wholesale reconciliation with these microbial organisms that have been here billions of years engineering life. It is time we respect these ubiquitous ancestors of ours that have survived harshness and extreme environmental events that we hope to never endure. We need to listen to them, the oldest and perhaps wisest life forms to ever exist, and learn the secrets to having a sustainable life.
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