2022 Faculty Election
Running for: Faculty Executive Committee
- Associate Professor of Medicine and Microbiome Core Director
- Appointed: 2008
- PhD, 2000
- Candidate Website
The Microbiome Core at the UNC -Chapel Hill was established in 2009, of which I was the funding director, with the institutional aim of providing researchers with the expertise and resources to study the microbiome and its interactions. Considerable time was dedicated to this role during the past 12 years along with my efforts to advance my research program. The Core has contributed to over 150 publications and as many research grant proposals at UNC and elsewhere. Moreover, the facility is currently the reference center for microbiome analysis in the NC Triangle area and beyond.
I am honored by the nomination to serve on the Faculty Executive Committee. As faculty in the Department of Medicine and director of the Microbiome Core, I had the opportunity to contribute and collaborate with faculty across departments at UNC. As such I offer my expertise to work with the various groups within the University in order to help realize the goals set by the Faculty Council. Our campus is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, which had enormous effects on our whole community. Hence, my philosophy draws from the sense of community and centers on decisions made based on data, diversity, access, inclusion, and commitment to continuous improvement. I look forward to serving on the Faculty Executive committee, recognizing that hard times are ahead in the pathway to recovery.