I am interested in the role of spatial structure in microbial communities. I use a combination of bacterial genetics, confocal microscopy and computational methods to understand interactions between P. aeruginosa and S. aureus.
I grew up in Mexico City and then moved to Juarez/El Paso for High School. I received a B.S. in Biochemistry from UT Austin where I did research in organic chemistry. After graduating I worked for a year as a research assistant in the Marcotte lab and as an artisan cheese maker for Dos Lunas Artisan Cheese. That year helped me realize I could consolidate my passion for science and good food simultaneously at the Whiteley lab. I enjoy riding my bike, traveling and cooking delicious meals.
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