Industrial Microbiology (2005-2011):Cargill, Inc., Waukesha, WI. Microbiologist, Product and Process Development
Developed flavorful but phage resistant bacterial cultures for the dairy industry
Worked with an international team from the US, France, and Germany
B.S. (2002-2005):University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Bacteriology
Molecular carrot breeding lab assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison and USDA
[May 2, 2019] My 14 CURE students present their "Final Exams" as a poster session of their course research projects. OML (165 Prospect St New Haven), 2-5pm. Snacks provided and the public is welcome!
[April 30, 2019] My undergrad mentees Adam Lessing and Amanda Weng present their senior thesis research at the Yale EEB Senior Symposium -- great work on antibiotic resistance, phage resistance, and novel phage characterization.
[January 2019] Awarded NIH R21 (co-PIs Turner and Burmeister) for my work on antibiotic resistance!
[Sept. 21, 2016] New paper out today with the Parent Lab at MSU: Experimentally evolved phage Sf6 have genome reductions, Genome Biology and Evolution. [August 12, 2016] Convening a symposium at the 2016 BEACON Congress: "Can We Evolution-Proof Antibiotics?" Answer: No, but we can try to slow it!
[June 17-22, 2016] I'll be at the Evolution Conference, presenting research on host resistance tradeoffs and coevolution.
[May 17, 2016] My awesome undergrad assistant Rachel Sullivan graduates from MSU, headed to Genetics Counseling School next fall. Congrats, Rachel!
[April 9-May 15] Visiting Dom Schneider's group in Grenoble, FR to present my science, work on genome editing, and hike in the Alps.
[April 8, 2016] MSU undergraduate Rachel Sullivan is presenting our work on virus evolution at MSU's UURAF program!
[Mar 28, 2016] Giving a Work In Progress Seminar to the Microbiology Department at Michigan State: 12pm 1425 BPS. "Evolution and Extinction in Experimental Communities of Bacteria and Phage."
[Apr 25, 2014] Rachel Sullivan (my awesome undergraduate research assistant) won the MMG Department's Gloss Award. Congratulations, Rachel! Picture of us at the award ceremony posted here.
[Apr 14, 2014] Presented at the Microbiology Department's Bad Bug Club lunch seminar series: Perceptions, Explanations, and the Language of Microbial Evolution.
[Oct 22, 2013] My younger brother earns his G.E.D. Congrats to Mike!
[Oct 7, 2013] Successfully passed my Ph.D. preliminary exam!
[Aug 12-15, 2013] Evolution in Action BEACON Congress at Michigan State! MSU undergraduate Rachel Sullivan presented a poster and lightning talk on our virus life history trait evolution project. I presented a short research talk and education project poster.
[Jul 20-26, 2013] Gordon Research Seminar and Conference on Microbial Population Biology. I'll be presenting a poster on host-parasite coevolution.
[June 21-25, 2013] Evolution Conference at Snowbird, Utah. I'll be presenting a poster and a short talk, and checking out the Rocky Mountain landscape!
[May 7-8, 2013] MSU is hosting a STEM Mini-Conference. I'll be co-presenting a poster, "Microbial Evolution in Action: From Classroom to Career."