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Sushmita Patwardhan Joins the Lab

Dr. Sushmita Patwardhan joins the Gibbons Lab as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Systems Biology. Dr. Patwardhan recently completed her PhD in marine microbial ecology at Rutgers University, supervised by Prof. . Her work involved the cultivation of bacteria from shallow marine vents and the characterization of these complex communities by integrating multi-omics data, field studies, and lab-based experiments. Dr. Patwardhan will apply her ecological expertise to the human gut, focusing on eco-evolutionary dynamics in the infant gut microbiome. Her work will help to uncover the rules governing community assembly and ecosystem function in early life. Ultimately, her work will contribute towards developing models that allow for the engineering of the gut ecosystem to improve human health and wellness.