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Originally from: North Carolina, USA 
Previous institutions: UNC Chapel Hill 
Research interests: Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology, Translational Medicine

“I am very interested in all aspects of the microbiome: microbial ecology and the establishment of microbial niches within a complex system (why are these microbes where they are?), the functionality of the microbiome in terms of metabolites (what are these microbes doing here?), the interaction between the microbiome and the immune system (how is the microbiome established and maintained?), and how the microbiome influences health and disease (how does the microbiome interact with other systems and/or respond to insults/exposures?)”