Rebecca is a microbial ecologist who combines bioinformatics, molecular biology, and genetics to understand ecological processes in aquatic environments. She researches how host and environmental conditions affect microbial interactions, especially in marine and aquatic diseases.
PhD in Oceanography, 2019
University of Rhode Island
BSc in Bioengineering, 2015
University of Maryland, College Park
Rebecca is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Institut Pasteur in the Genetics of Biofilms Unit within the Microbiology Department. Her current research focuses on microbial ecology within a gnotobiotic zebrafish model to determine mechanisms of colonization resistance. We are examining these interactions using quantitative meta-‘omics, molecular biology, and in vivo manipulation assays.
Her doctoral research at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography focused on oyster-associated microbiomes and how they are affected by estuarine acidification, nutrient loading, disease, or probiotics. We used traditional microbiology techniques, bioinformatics, and statistical modelling applied to aquaculture or field experiments to determine how bacteria in oysters contribute to their resilience and ability to provide ecosystem services.
Investigating colonization resistance against Flavobacterium in zebrafish and trout models.
Understanding how oyster microbiomes and health change along a eutropication gradient.
Determining the responses of oyster microbiomes when exposed to high nutrient conditions.