I am currently working as a Bioinformatician at the Utah Public Health Laboratory, focusing on whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater.
I am interested in infectious disease research using phylogenomics, microbial omics and comparative genomic approaches, with the overarching goal of improving human/wildlife health and conservation.
I received my PhD from the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, University of Georgia in August 2020. My PhD research focused on understanding the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of avian haemosporidian parasites (commonly known as avian malaria parasites) in the Western Ghats Sky Islands, a global biodiversity hotspot located in southern India. As part of my PhD, I also optimized a novel UCE probe set and used sequence capture data for studying evolutionary relationships among malaria parasites.