Sarah Spencer

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Research Interests

I'm interested in how ecological principles play out at the resolution of single cells. To explore this I'm developing high-throughput sequencing technology that can immobilize interacting cells for downstream 16S profiling. I'm starting to apply this technique to aquatic communities, but eventually I'd like to adapt the protocol to address other areas of microbial ecology including phage-host relationships and the oral microbiome.

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Sarah Spencer

Graduate Student in Computational and Systems Biology
Laboratory of Eric Alm
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B.S., 2009, Washington University in St. Louis

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