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I utilize NextGen sequencing and bioinformatics to profile the microorganisms inhabiting the gastrointestinal tract of the sea urchin and the zebrafish, define the selected microbial components, and better understand the role of such microbial residents in health and digestive physiology.

Additionally, I survey the genes associated with virulence in the seafood pathogen Vibrio vulnificus, and investigate the genetic processes involved in stress responses in both mesophilic bacteria (namely the CRISPR response to phage infection and various stress triggers) and psychrophilic/psychrotolerant extremophile bacteria (cold, desiccation, and UV stress).

Mentor: Asim Kumar Bej