cli, github, and gitlab

Data Science

EDA, stats, and modeling

Scientific Illustration

Figures and cartoons



Research Scientist

Wellesley College

Jan 2018 – Present Massachusetts

Klepac-Ceraj Lab

Research Topics:

  • Human microbiome
  • Child cognitive development
  • Computational biology education
  • Diversity in STEM
  • Open source development

Postdoctoral Fellow

Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

May 2017 – Dec 2018 Boston

Huttenhower Lab

Research Topics:

  • Human microbiome
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Computational biology education

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of California, San Diego

May 2014 – Jun 2017 San Diego

Dutton Lab

Research Topics:

  • Horizontal Gene Transfer
  • Microbial communities
  • Modeling interspecies interactions

Curriculum Fellow

Harvard Medical School

May 2014 – Jun 2017 Boston

Masters in Immunology


  • Course design and instruction
  • Course: Methods in Basic and Clinical Immunology
  • Course: Understanding Immunology Research
  • Masters Program administration
  • Student Mentoring

Harvard Medical School Online Learning


  • Course design and instruction
  • Course: HMX Fundamentals - Biochemistry

Recent Posts

This was my first time at the Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomics meeting, and it was excellent! There were tons of great talks, friendly …

Earlier this week, I got an e-mail from Lucia Santamaria from the “Gender Gap in Science” project from the International …

Yeah, so my last post was clearly a bit too optomistic. I’ve only just now set up this new website using the Hugo static site …

Well, it’s been far too long since I wrote anything here. In the mean time I’ve: completed the HMX biochemistry course Got …


Horizontal Gene Transfer

Microbes sharing (stealing?) genes with (from) one another.


A julia package for working with microbiome and microbial community data.

Women in Computational Biology

An analysis of the forces that decrease the representation of women in computational biology, and efforts to overcome them.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Recent Publications

While women are generally underrepresented in STEM fields, there are noticeable differences between fields. For instance, the gender …

Acquisition of genes through horizontal gene transfer (HGT) allows microbes to rapidly gain new capabilities and adapt to new or …

Receptors of the innate immune system detect conserved determinants of microbial and viral origin. Activation of these receptors …

Recognition of potentially pathogenic organisms is a critical first step in an immune response. To prevent pathogen outgrowth, this …