I am an assistant professor in the Bioinformatics group since August 2020. I am a bioinformatician by training with a particular interest in microbial genome evolution. My research focus is evolutionary (meta-)genomics, that is, the inference of population genetic processes in microorganisms from genomic and metagenomic data. Metagenomes represent the genetic content of community members in a specific environment and contain unprecedented information on the genetic variation that exists within the community.
In my research, I infer the diversity within microbial populations from genomes and metagenomes, where I focus on the interaction of phages and bacteria and the consequences of this interaction on phage genome evolution. I am interested in understanding how different evolutionary processes (mutation, recombination, and horizontal gene transfer) contribute to phage evolution.