The overarching theme of my research is to gain an insight into how bacteria interact with each other and with their environment. I obtained my Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana in 2017. The goal of my research work was to study communities of the opportunistic human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa using tools in analytical chemistry namely, Raman spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Before joining LBL, I pursued a postdoctoral research position at Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery where I was leading R & D efforts for detecting and characterizing wine spoilage yeast and bacteria using Raman spectroscopy and chemometrics and utilizing liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry for quantifying amino acids in wine.
My research work at LBL is focused on studying interactions between plant roots and soil bacteria. I am interested in examining how the plant shapes the biogeography of the soil bacterial communities.