I am a Ph.D. candidate in Microbiology under the supervision of Dr. Martin Wiedmann at Cornell University and was a Ph.D. exchange student advised by Dr. Otto Cordero at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before these, I obtained my M.S. in Environmental Sciences from Peking University where I started out my academic journey.
My research interests span microbial evolution and ecology, microbial biogeography, environmental microbiology, and population genomics. In particular, I like playing “hide-and-seek” games with bacteria. By discovering them from different environments, I characterize the distribution of bacteria at scales ranging from local to nationwide, and decipher ecological and evolutionary mechanisms (e.g., selection, dispersal, drift, and divergence) underlying bacterial biogeography. My research involves a combination of field work, high-throughput sequencing, and bioinformatics. I enjoy photography, tennis, piano, ukulele, and cooking when I’m not engaged in academic pursuits.
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