Research Scientist

Wellesley College


I am a microbiologist and immunologist teaching and researching at Wellesley College. I use computational methods to explore the relationships between the microbiome and childhood cognitive development and to understand complex microbial communities. I also teach about the immune system and infectious disease, as well as introductory programming for biology students.

I develop software tools in the julia programming language.


  • Computational Biology
  • The Human Microbiome
  • Microbial Communities
  • Immunology
  • Julia Programming Language


  • PhD in Immunology, 2014

    Harvard University

  • BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, 2006

    University of California, San Diego



cli, github, and gitlab

Data Science

EDA, stats, and modeling

Scientific Illustration

Figures and cartoons



Research Scientist

Wellesley College

Jan 2018 – Present Massachusetts

Klepac-Ceraj Lab

Research Topics:

  • Human microbiome
  • Child cognitive development
  • Computational biology education
  • Diversity in STEM
  • Open source development

Postdoctoral Fellow

Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

May 2017 – Dec 2018 Boston

Huttenhower Lab

Research Topics:

  • Human microbiome
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Computational biology education

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of California, San Diego

May 2014 – Jun 2017 San Diego

Dutton Lab

Research Topics:

  • Horizontal Gene Transfer
  • Microbial communities
  • Modeling interspecies interactions

Curriculum Fellow

Harvard Medical School

May 2014 – Jun 2017 Boston

Masters in Immunology


  • Course design and instruction
  • Course: Methods in Basic and Clinical Immunology
  • Course: Understanding Immunology Research
  • Masters Program administration
  • Student Mentoring

Harvard Medical School Online Learning


  • Course design and instruction
  • Course: HMX Fundamentals - Biochemistry

Recent Posts


Horizontal Gene Transfer

Microbes sharing (stealing?) genes with (from) one another.


A julia package for working with microbiome and microbial community data.

Women in Computational Biology

An analysis of the forces that decrease the representation of women in computational biology, and efforts to overcome them.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Recent Publications

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Multi-omics of the gut microbial ecosystem in inflammatory bowel diseases

Inflammatory bowel diseases, which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, affect several million individuals worldwide. …