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



Tristan's Tips and Tricks

Nowadays, most biology experiments are conducted in plastic labware, however some procedures are better done in glass labware. In this article I discuss why and give some pointers to help you efficiently perform experiments in glass.


Wet Lab Tips and Tricks

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There exists a lot of knowledge in science that is not taught in textbooks or lab classes. You may find nuggets of information deep in footnotes of the SI of a long-forgotten paper in an obscure journal, learn about it from a colleague in grad school, or accidentally invent a more efficient way of doing an experiment. It’s a shame that this kind of information doesn’t get shared more efficiently; It is rarely substantial enough to write a bona fide journal article, but just telling a handful of colleagues doesn’t really help spread the word. Therefore, I have decided to start this blog / article series that I hope will help disseminate some of the tricks of the trade I have stumbled upon.



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Peer-reviewed publications

If you're unable to access a paper you want to read, please contact me and I can share an electronic copy for personal use.