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.
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.