Bio – I joined the Department of Oral Biology in the School of Dental Medicine here at UB in March 2020, and have had the good fortune to be included in the first faculty cohort of the SUNY PRODiG Program. My educational and life path has included: attending American Community Schools (in Amman, Jordan and Abu Dhabi, in the UAE), the Maria Ward Schule (Mainz, Germany), TJHSST, GMU and ODU (all in Virginia, USA); and completing my PhD in Biological Oceanography through the MIT–WHOI Joint Program (Massachusetts, USA) working in the group of Martin Polz, with whom I stayed on for my postdoctoral training. While at MIT in the Polz lab I led the development of the Nahant Collection Time Series, working with many wonderful colleagues, including Libusha Kelly’s group at Einstein College of Medicine. Though most of my doctoral and postdoctoral work focused on virus(phage)-host(bacteria) interactions in marine microbial communities, through collaborations with members of Eric Alm’s group and the Underworlds Project, I also worked on understanding phages associated with the human microbiome in the contexts of sewage and the gut.
Here at UB – my vision is to bring together a group of people who share an interest in working to understand the roles that viruses (phages) play in shaping the ecology and evolution of microbial communities – and what that means for emergent community function across environments – from the ocean to the human microbiome.
Lab: 616 Biomedical Research Building [South Campus] map
Office: 617 Biomedical Research Building [South Campus] map
Post: 135 Foster Hall, 3435 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14215 map