I was born to a military family and was the first member of my family to attend a 4 year college. I was trained as an interdisciplinary scientist and view siloing of science training as limiting.
Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Chicago, (2011)
My group studies host-pathogen interactions between the anaerobic pathogen C. difficile and the human gut. We employ cell biological and biochemical techniques including CRISPR gene editing and a variety of high-resolution, live-cell imaging modalities to understand the mechanism of bacterial colonization and epithelium disruption during infection.