Currently, I am a postdoctoral research scientist in Tal Korem’s lab at Columbia University. I received my PhD in microbiology at Cornell University advised by Martin Wiedmann and was a PhD exchange student at MIT advised by Otto Cordero. I obtained my MS in environmental science at Peking University where I started out my academic journey.
My research interests span microbial evolution, microbial ecology, environmental microbiology, and microbial genomics. In particular, I like playing “hide-and-seek” games with microbes. After chasing them down in different environments at local to nationwide scales, I study how evolutionary and ecological processes shape the distribution and structure of microbial populations and communities. Diving in the ocean of ATGC, I look for genetic markers that contribute to the adaptation of microbes to specific environments in the real world. My research involves a combination of field sampling, microbial isolation, high-throughput sequencing, modeling, and bioinformatics. I enjoy photography, tennis, piano, ukulele, and cooking when I’m not engaged in academic pursuits.
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