I'm a Postdoctoral Researcher in Conservation Genomics at the Smithsonian Institution. I defended my PhD in the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab at Lund University, Sweden in April 2018. My research explores molecular interactions between avian hosts and their microbes. I have a huge passion for science and love to constantly learn new things about nature.
In my research I use molecular techniques and bioinformatic tools to study the evolution of genomes, transcriptomes and microbiomes. In addition to the projects in my Postdoc and my PhD, I collaborate with colleagues in several interesting projects involving host-parasite genomics and animal microbiomes. For more information about my work, please see the Research page.
17 June 2019 - Attended the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) in Animal-Microbe Symbioses in Mount Snow, VT and presented a poster.
15 June 2019 - Attended the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) in Animal-Microbe Symbioses in Mount Snow, VT and presented a poster.
13 June 2019 - Gave a seminar and visited Scott Edward’s lab at Harvard University.
15 May 2019 - New preprint on genomics of host-pathogen interactions !
9 Apr 2019 - Guided tour at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. Great place doing lots of important conservation efforts and outreach.
8 Apr 2019 - Gave an invited seminar at East Carolina University and met with several interesting students and faculty members.
27 Mar 2019 - New paper on the development of gut microbiota in ostriches now published in Molecular Ecology!
11 Jan 2019 - New review paper on avian malaria genomics published in Trends in Parasitology!
01 Nov 2018 - Participated in the international Wildlife Malaria conference taking place in Beijing, China this year. I gave a presentation about avian malaria transcriptomics and had a wonderful time meeting with several new and old colleagues.
26 July 2018 - New paper on sex-biased gene expression in the Common Whitethroat published in Genes.
15 July 2018 - Work trip to Hawaii to visit field sites, conservation breeding facilities, and participate in a meeting in our joint project on avian malaria in Hawaii.
9 July 2018 - Moved to Washington, DC, USA and started a new position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Conservation Genomics!
30 May 2018 - Was invited to Bielefeld University, Germany to give a seminar about malaria transcriptomics and met with several people to discuss animal microbiomes as well.