- Research Program Mentor
PhD candidate at California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Genetics
BioHello! I am Vera and I am currently a PhD student studying biology. My research involves exploring host-microbiome interactions, such as how does host genetics influence the microbiome. I use molecular biology and bioinformatics to uncover the magical world of bacteria. When I am not in lab, I am exploring. I love to find new restaurants, cafes, and ice cream shops. If I am not exploring the food world, I am exploring the outdoors. I enjoy hiking with my dog, skiing, and surfing. Surfing in California is fantastic, I get to see so many dolphins and stingrays.
Infant gut microbiome over time
When we are born, our first microbiomes come from our mother. Then our microbiomes are influenced by the outside environment (including other people). Sharon et al. (2013) has a publicly available metagenomics dataset that contains 11 feacal samples from premature infants during their first month. From this data we can explore how microbial communities change over time.
Evolutionary Game Theory
Some aspects of evolution can be modeled by game theory models, because of interactions between species. We can explore topics in evolutionary game theory, like evolutionary stable strategies, by coding game theory models.