I'm researching the link between clinical depression and the gut microbiome to understand why certain antidepressants work better for certain people. I also am investigating the production of antibiotics from soil bacteria through the Small World Initiative.
My research aims to understand how antibiotics exposure influences the interactions in microbial communities. Specifically, I work towards identifying genes that enhance or reduce invasion capabilities, or alters the ability of the community to resist invasion of an invader population.
I hope to conduct a genetic screen for mechanisms of community phenotypes. Once genetic determinants of synergistic community interactions are discovered, I will identify factors required for invasion of a bacterial species into a stable community. Therapeutic implications include improved probiotics or increased gut microbiome resilience.