I am a microbiologist leveraging analytical chemistry and data science to probe the volatile metabolome of the cystic fibrosis bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. My primary goal centers on identifying breath-based biomarkers for diagnosing and tracking chronic P. aeruginosa infections. I am also interested in exploring and developing statistical strategies for the pre-processing and analysis of metabolomics data, from traditional approaches to advanced statistical learning techniques.
I received a B.S. in Molecular Biology in 2015 from the University of Missouri, then worked for a year as a Quality Assurance Chemist in the Infection Prevention Division at 3M. In the fall of 2016, I entered the Microbiology graduate program at Arizona State University in the lab of Heather Bean and earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology in 2022, completing my dissertation on “Comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography as a tool for studying the volatile metabolome of Pseudomonas aeruginosa: A case study in untargeted metabolomics.” I also earned a Graduate Certificate in Statistics and Data Science. I have since continued my work in Dr. Bean’s lab as a Postdoctoral Scholar (2022-2023), and now as an Assistant Research Scientist.