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PhD candidate


Research: Carboxylate Platform and Genome-Enabled Assays

Catherine is our expert on 16S characterization of microbiomes. She is currently finishing work on the effect of monensin on hindgut and anaerobic digester microbiomes; is working on the effect of fermentation gas on chain elongation to generate n-caproate and the reactor microbiomes, and is working on air microbiome characterization.

Catherine in front of caproate-producing bioreactors.


Catherine in front of her cows at the Cornell Teaching and Research barn.