Microbes are - by definition - diminutive organisms, yet microbial communities play integral roles in many of Earth's fundamental processes, from climate regulation to elemental cycles. Working at the intersection of geobiology, molecular biology, and environmental microbiology, I seek to connect these scales, studying the dynamics of microbial metabolism to help develop the fundamentals of how microbial communities and environments function. My primary interest is in probing the limits of microbial life - through physical, biochemical, and energetic lenses - using metabolic activity-based reporters of physiological reality.
During my PhD at the California Institute of Technology, I examined microbial communities performing anaerobic methane oxidation inside authigenic carbonate rocks at methane seeps. A related study used stable isotope probing proteomics to determine the metabolically active members of the complicated seep sediment community and understand which metabolic pathways were being prioritized. As a postdoc in the Girguis lab, I am investigating the nuances of methane metabolism proteins in support of the ARPA-E REMOTE project, which aims to mobilize methane toward alternative carbon-based products.
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