Research

My thesis work in Aleksandar Kostic's group at Harvard Medical School and Joslin Diabetes Center focuses on leveraging our understanding of the human microbiome to better understand Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) onset as well as more broadly exploring the role of host microbe interactions in metabolism. To accomplish this, I spend the majority of my time building computational tools such as Aether to deal with massive amount of sequence data that our wetlab is generating. My current projects include developing methods coupling computational algorithms and synthetic biology to recover low abundance microbes as well as longitudinally profiling the role of the microbiome in T1D onset in mice.