My interests include marine microbial diversity and ecology. My research as a post-doc in Dr Vega Thurber’s lab focuses on microorganisms associated with sponges. Marine sponges act as sentinels of marine environments as they are present in various habitats and are capable of filtering very large amount of seawater (up to 20,000 liters/ kg of sponge/day). In addition, these sponges can harbor a phylogenetically and metabolically diverse community of microbes, which can comprise up to 40-50% of the sponge biomass. My research aims to study the effect of oil and dispersant on the physiology and diversity of these sponge microbial symbionts.