As a postdoctoral scholar in the Pringle lab, my research focuses on the genetic and molecular mechanisms involved in cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis. Tropical corals and other cnidarian “holobionts,” including the sea anemone, Aiptasia form a mutualistic symbiosis with dinoflagellate algae (Symbiodinium) and other microbial partners (bacteria, archaea, viruses, and fungi). Our understanding of this symbiosis in terms of onset, maintenance, and breakdown is extremely limited, which allows us to ask many exciting and challenging questions. I am interested in genes that are differentially expressed during symbiosis and in response to environmental and biological stressors. I was born in Oklahoma, grew up in Chicago, and received by B.A. in Biology and German from Drew University. I completed by Ph.D. at the University of Florida, where I studied interactions between native coral-commensal bacteria and invading opportunistic pathogens. When I am not in the lab you can find me in the gym, in the pool, playing beach volleyball, or simply enjoying the California sun.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Florida (2012)
Master of Science, University of Florida (2008)
Bachelor of Arts, Drew University (2006)
John Pringle, Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor