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I’m a PhD candidate in Dr. Lauren Ancel Meyer’s research group at The University of Texas at Austin.

My dissertation research combines computational modeling, field behavioral observations, and molecular analyses to study how contact networks influence bacteria transmission and gut microbiome composition in group-living wildlife. In particular, my work focuses on a population of wild lemurs (Verreaux’s sifaka, Propithecus verreauxi) inhabiting Kirindy Mitea National Park in western Madagascar.

I am graduating from UT-Austin in August 2018 and will join the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center as a postdoctoral fellow in September 2018.