Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor
Area of expertise:
Microbial Communities; Biofilm; Sediment; Flow Cytometry; Genomics
Bacteria can help us build a more sustainable society
Core interest in research field:
What are all the bacteria in our drinking water doing there? and how do they affect us?
Feelings about being a researcher:
This is my dream job. Most days I am having a great time doing something I love!
Biggest challenges/opportunities in research:
Big data, Big data, Big data to answer both parts of the question.
Story you want to share:
I grew up drinking untreated water that we collected off of the roof of our house. When I was 7, my dad sent me into our drinking water cistern to clean it. It was the first, but not the last time I would scrape biofilm off of a surface in contact with drinking water.
Other things to share:
I once analyzed how many times the word water appears in all of Shakespeare's sonnets (it is the most common symbol, along with the sun) so I am very open and happy to work across disciplines.