I started my undergraduate degree in computer science before transitioning into biology at St. Lawrence University where I focused on environmental ecology using satellite imagery analysis to estimate biodiversity field data to satellite images and obtained my BS degree. After a few years working as a microbiologist, I was formally trained in computational biology and bioinformatics while at Carnegie Mellon University for a MS degree, and then PhD at Drexel University. For the last 10 years I have been working as the Head of Bioinformatics in Dr. Garth Ehrlich’s laboratory. I am responsible for the development of new data processing pipelines, and subsequent data analyses for cutting-edge DNA sequencing platforms including the Pacbio RSII/Sequel. These implementations consist of both currently published techniques, and novel analyses designed to answer questions specific to our research (mainly on chronic bacterial pathogens). Our work consists of analyzing high throughput genomics, novel microbiome techniques, and machine learning to tease out biological meaning from these enormous datasets.