My love for microscopic life began when I was a kid, looking at pond scum through my father's old microscope. It was, and still is, amazing to me that there's a whole world we can't see. Since then my interests have become more focused on how microbes harvest energy from their environments and how this influences community structure. I study microbes that are capable of extracellular electron transfer, which allows these organisms to access electron acceptors/donors outside of their cells. I am able to grow them on electrodes as a proxy for the electron acceptors/donors they would encounter in nature, which allows me to more easily examine their ecology and physiology.
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