My interests center on how biology can be carried out in extreme environments or in the face of severe stress. Whether this pertains to how cells persist in some of the most harsh environments on Earth, through the constant bombardment of radiation in space, or in the unknown dangers of potentially habitable exoplanets, I aim to study life at the extremes.
Currently, I am focused on characterizing the cell cycle of Haloarchaea, a poorly understood organism which may serve as a model for the ancient origins of eukaryotes. I am additionally interested in how these organisms maintain genomic integrity in the face of excess radiation exposure and desiccation stress as they survive in salt crystals (sometimes for decades, if not longer).
When not in the lab, I'll either be exploring state or national parks on backpacking trips, or enjoying the best breweries I can find.