About Me

I am a Research Scientist in the Waldbauer Lab at the University of Chicago. I have over 10 years of research experience in the field of marine microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, with broad formal training in microbiology, ecology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and oceanography. I have experience working with a range of microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, and unicellular eukaryotes) in both academia and industry.

I was previously an Assistant Professor of Biology at Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL), and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute with Alexandra Worden's molecular microbial ecology group (Moss Landing, CA). I received my bachelor's degree in Biology from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA and completed my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine with Dr. Steve Allison.

Former Students

Rachna Tripathi

Graduate (M.S.) Researcher

Roosevelt University (2018)

Isolation and characterization of novel antibiotic-producing soil bacteria (Tiny Earth Program)

Nicole Buczek

Undergraduate Researcher

Roosevelt University (2018)

Comparative analysis of infectivity decay in prasinoviruses

Sonia Gonzalez

Meyer Scholarship Undergraduate Researcher

Roosevelt University ()

Molecular assessment of virus-host interactions in marine eukaryotic picophytoplankton.

Melissa Barragan

Undergraduate Researcher

Roosevelt University (2017)

Investigative metagenomics of the Chicago urban microbiome

Vildana Golubovic

Undergraduate Researcher

Roosevelt University (2017)

Molecular tools to interrogate algal virus-host interactions

Zena Jensvold

REU student, Summer Research Intern

MBARI & California State University Monterey Bay (2014)

Physiological response of Ostreococcus to nutrient depletion

Eloise Olmos

Undergraduate Research Assistant

UC Irvine (2013)

Phylogenetic diversity in marine bacteria stoichiometry

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