Students wishing to get involved in my research can contact me by email. I am happy to support and mentor you and help you to apply for funding. There are several areas of research in the lab and I welcome new ideas and directions from students.
Wet lab Research
- Staphylococcal Genomics and Adaptation – I am currently working on the genomics of the Staphylococci to reveal aspects of how they adapt to a variety of different hosts and environments. We’re particularly interested in the microbiology of the built environment and the types of Staphylococci found therein.
- Role of mobile DNA in Staphylococcal evolution – I study mobile DNA such as pathogenicity islands and ICE elements and their contribution to the evolution of the bacteria.
- Metagenomics of Environmental Bacteria – I am currently involved in several metagenomics projects with undergraduate researchers, looking at the microbiome of our campus. This work is conducted as part of a classroom-based undergraduate research experience.
- Civic and scientific literacy in STEM – I’m engaged in research to determine ways to improve student literacy and engagement with civic issues. I also research the impact of peer-led learning in the classroom and lab on student engagement with STEM.
- Incorporating Authentic Research into the Microbiology Curriculum – My goal is to incorporate genomics into the microbiology teaching lab class and to student source my research.
- Our newest project involves looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint in the lab and to reduce/reuse/repurpose and recycle in the teaching and research labs.