Alyssa G. Kent
Ph.D in Biological Sciences
Ilana Brito Lab
Adam Martiny Lab
I am currently a Bioinformatician III contractor with Goldbelt C6. I work with a team at the CDC investigating healthcare-associated infections.
Previously I worked as a postdoctoral associate with Dr. Ilana Brito at Cornell University. There I studied the ecology and evolution of mobile elements in the human microbiome, especially their role in the spread of antibiotic resistance.
I received my PhD with Dr. Adam Martiny investigating biogeography and the adaptive variation of marine bacteria in response to environmental change. At UC-Irvine I investigated the genome content of Prochlorococcus, the diversity of Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus across latitudinal gradients, and adaptation of a marine Roseobacter to high temperature.
My background emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to addressing biological problems from modeling to bioinformatics.