Jessica is a PhD student at UC Davis in the Microbiology Graduate Group working in the lab of Dawn Sumner. Her project focuses on studying the microbial ecology of microbial mats in Antarctic lakes using metagenomics analysis techniques. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Michigan State University. Her research before graduate school research focused on coordination polymer chemistry, structural analysis of bacterial RNA polymerases, and software contributions to short read bioinformatics preprocessing software khmer. Other recent bioinformatics projects include the de novo genome assembly and SNP calling of the Tule Elk and a developing and benchmarking a streaming algorithm for transcriptomic data.