I am interested in understanding how bacteria adapt and persist during chronic infection. My work in the Whiteley Lab has centered on two main questions: 1) How do the environment (infection site) and the constituents (other co-inhabiting/co-infecting microbes) impact the S. aureus essential genome? 2) How does S. aureus respond to different environments and different constituents? I am working to answer these questions using next-generation sequencing techniques, such as RNA-seq and Tn-seq, models of infection, and bacterial genetics.
I am originally from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, which is located just west of Milwaukee. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did undergraduate research in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Thomas, where I worked to engineer an artificial metabolic pathway to produce aminoshikimate from glucose in Escherichia coli. After receiving a Bachelors of Science in 2010, I moved to Iowa City, IA to attend graduate school at the University of Iowa. I completed my PhD in 2015 in the laboratory of Dr. Alexander Horswill, where I studied the role of the secreted enzyme, hyaluronidase, in Staphylococcus aureus physiology and pathogenesis. I moved to Austin in August 2015 to join the Whiteley Lab as a postdoctoral fellow, followed by Atlanta in Sept 2017. Outside of the lab, I enjoy cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers, and exploring our new city with my husband, Jeremy, and our dog, Hops. Find me on Twitter: @CBIbberson
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