I recently joined Andrew Babbin lab as Postdoctoral Associate at MIT, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS). In 2020 I obtained my PhD at ETHEAWAG were I worked with David Jhonson and Dani Or.

Besides being a scientist I’m also a Winnerprize writer. 

My main research interest is to understand how the environmental factors shapes the spatial self-organization of microbial communities and their ecological function. Read more about my current research here.

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Journal cover. Our recent work was selected for the cover of the “Conceptual challenges in microbial community ecology” in Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B:  link


The world is powered by an unseen multitude of microbes, characterized by an overwhelming richness. This tireless multitude is specialized in small steps of complex biochemical processes that sustain our home, the planet earth. I’m working with bacterial synthetic communities trying to narrow down to simple rules that explain how the microbial multitude organize themselves into well-structured communities (see some picture here) and ultimately shapes the biochemical cycles.


My research goal is to understand how the interplay between micr-oscale processes shapes the microbial communities and influence macro-scale biochemical cycles. I use a bottom up approach within the framework of the synthetic ecology using synthetic microbial model systems.
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