I started working with NCGAS in 2017, after graduating from San Diego State University with a Master in Bioinformatics. My interest lies in studying microbial communities and their impact on the environment or their host organisms. In graduate school, I worked in Dr. Dinsdale's lab that focuses on studying the ecological and evolutionary relationships of microbial communities in marine environments. My research project focused on developing and optimizing bioinformatics workflows for shotgun sequencing metagenomes, a technique that is commonly applied to study microbial communities. At NCGAS, I continue to work on developing workflows to analyze metagenomes or microbiome datasets to make them available to the research community.
Helping users run the reconstructing genomes (metagenome assembled genomes) from metagenomics datasets (available as
As part of Center for Excellence for Women in Tech (CEWiT) REU program, I am working with two undergraduate students to develop a workflow mining the Sequence Read Archive (SRA) to identify other datasets that potentially have the gene or genome of interest. This workflow will help researchers add more relevant datasets to their study, which can potentially add statistical significance to their findings, or help researchers with limited funding to add more datasets to their projects. This workflow will soon be made available to the community.
Genome analysis to study gene family evolution in tapeworm species to identify gene families that have evolved to cause infection in mammals. This ongoing collaborative project with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville can potentially sponsor improvements to tapeworm treatment and control.
Another ongoing collaborative project with Albion College, Michigan is running a reference based analysis and identifying the differential expressed genes to study the genes that are playing a role maturation process in Tetrahymena species, a unicellular eukaryote that reproduces sexually.
Finally, while we do run the analysis for collaborative projects, we regularly help users run the analysis themselves as well.
My favorite task at NCGAS is to help users who like me (I have a Bachelor’s in biology and then moved to Bioinformatics), are moving from a biology background to bioinformatics and help them with the onboarding process.
I like to hide away and read any chance I get, I pick up books on a variety of topics but my favorites are historical fictions or cultural books. I do the same with shows I watch as well, spend most of my time watching Asian dramas :).