I am a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at Scripps Institution of Oceanography / UC San Diego. I gained a great appreciation for metabolism during my undergraduate work on Streptomyces bacteria in Jason Sello's lab. To further learn about life's biosynthetic capabilities and how we can harness it for good, I joined Jay Keasling's group at UC Berkeley, where I quickly learned that the field is limited by the variety of chemical reactions we can catalyze enzymatically. During my graduate studies, I focused on enzyme discovery using high-throughput mass spectrometry. Now, at SIO, I have set my sights on the abundant existing biodiversity and hence, biosynthetic potential in the world's oceans to expand our biosynthetic toolbox.

My current interests include:


  • Genomics of biosynthetically "gifted" marine organisms
  • Metabolic pathway and enzyme discovery
  • "Biosynthetic methodology"
  • Biocatalysis
  • Metabolic engineering
  • High-throughput analytical chemistry
  • Laboratory automation
  • Graduate and undergraduate student mentorship



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