About me

I am a Boston-based computational biologist working at Novartis in the cardiovascular medicine group. Previously, I earned my PhD in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University. My research in the lab of Dr. Lawrence David has focused on understanding how changes associated with typical day-to-day dietary variation influence ecological processes in the gut microbiome. This work leveraged multi-omics datasets to assess changes in both the composition and metabolism of individuals’ microbiomes through time-series analysis.

Outside of lab, I enjoy foraging for wild plants and mushrooms, cooking, baking, reading, and writing. Follow me on iNaturalist to see pictures of the latest mushrooms (and plants, slime molds, birds, etc.) I’ve found!

The latest Jeff news ⬇️

Twitter Q&A with microbiome science writer Kristina Campbell:
How the gut microbial ecosystem responds to fiber consumption

Duke Med School article about my research and love of wild foods:
How Much Fiber Should You Eat? A Duke Graduate Student Forages for the Answer