UW Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow
UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Science
Steven Roberts, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Ph.D. Biology (Cell, Molecular, Genetics track), University of California San Diego (2018)
B.S. Biochemistry, Simmons University (formerly Simmons College) (2010)
I study how the environment impacts marine animals at the physiological and molecular systems level. I am particularly interested in how human-influenced environmental change is affecting species important to U.S. fisheries. I conduct experiments that simulate various ocean conditions and use omics technologies (like epigenomics, proteomics, and metabolomics) to measure animal response. To process these diverse datasets, I develop and implement bioinformatics pipelines for data normalization, statistical analyses, and biological pathway analyses. I use an open access online lab notebook and GitHub to publicly share my analyses and support reproducibility.
My research addresses the overarching aim of understanding how the environment influences organismal molecular systems, identifying collective responses that could be predictive of species tolerance for environmental change. I aim for my research to contribute to informing policy in both aquaculture industries and conservation, and to contribute to education around how climate change may impact certain animals. Towards this, I collaborate with commercial, tribal, and governmental fisheries organizations, and actively participate in outreach media development.
I am a West Coast transplant, originally from Boston, MA. After completing my B.S., I continued on as a research technician in Marc Vidal’s lab at the Center for Cancer Systems Biology (CCSB), Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston where I became fascinated with big data and how network biology brings resolution to genotype-to-phenotype relationships. In 2011, I joined Joe Ecker’s Genomic Analysis Lab at the Salk Institute in San Diego as a research assistant and was inspired to pursue a Ph.D. while developing a new high throughput assay for mapping protein interactions (CrY2H-seq). I began the Biological Sciences Ph.D. program in 2013 where I continued in Joe Ecker’s lab now focused on applying CrY2H-seq to understanding protein interactions that directly contribute to gene regulation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Towards the end of my program, I became interested in how systems biology could be used in applied research, and completed a year-long NSF Graduate Research Internship at NOAA’s Northwest Fishery Science Center using omics to investigate how physiology and genetics in marine vertebrates are affected by ocean acidification. I returned to San Diego in the summer of 2018 and completed my dissertation “High resolution molecular networks from novel ‘omics’ approaches elucidate survival strategies in organisms from land to sea” and received my Ph.D. In the Fall of 2018, I began my Postdoctoral research in Steven Roberts’ lab in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at University of Washington. Outside of research, I enjoy all outdoor activities from co-ed team sports to hiking, backpacking, camping, fly-fishing, climbing, and snowboarding with friends, my husband and our dog.