I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from New Mexico State University, my Master of Science in Microbiology from Auburn University, and my Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology from Alabama State University. My PhD thesis was titled Employing High Throughput Technologies to Investigate Biological Samples. The research explored Next Generation Sequencing and DNA microarrays to interrogate samples of various origins. However not only did this research use the technologies to learn about the samples, the samples were used to learn about the technologies. The capstone of this thesis described an experimental design that was used to accurately predict the Postmortem interval. Vital to this endeavor was Gene Meters (GM). GM are a new design for DNA microarrays that do not require normalization or amplification, thus these results do not need to be validated by other means. Data from GM is very precise and minimally affected by technical noise, therefore it can be used for a variety of purposes.
My research interests are using High throughput technologies to explore microbiological samples, especially oral biofilms. The oral microbiome must be researched more as it is crucial to the health of the host. High throughput technologies are essential in this endeavor because some oral microbes cannot be grown using classical techniques, and accurate quantities of microbes must be determined. It is becoming more and more clear that shifts in abundances of microbes in the oral environments can lead to dysbiosis, a disease state. In this same vein, oral microbiome transplants could be used to correct dysbiosis and return the oral microbiome to a healthy state. A similar scenario has been seen with the gut microbiome and fecal transplants.