Microbial communities have a tremendous impact on human health and well-being. Yet, we are only beginning to exploit the potential applications associated with them. My research aims at developing a predictive understanding of community assembly, and identifying factors promoting desirable community properties. These are crucial for anticipating the response of communities to changing environments, designing interventions to steer existing communities to more desirable states, and, ultimately, rationally designing communities de novo.
I am currently a senior lecturer of microbial ecology and evolution at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I did my postdoctoral research at Jeff Gore's lab in MIT's Physics of Living Systems Group. I gained a PhD in Computational & Systems Biology, working with Eric Alm and Daniel Rothman at MIT.