"Deep in the sea, all molecules repeat the patterns of another, till complex new ones are formed. They make others like themselves, and a new dance starts. Growing in size and complexity, living things, masses of atoms, DNA, protein, dancing a pattern ever more intricate. Out of the cradle, onto dry land, here it is standing: atoms with consciousness; MATTER WITH CURIOSITY. Stands at the sea, wondering: I, a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe." - Richard Feynman
I am an evolutionary biologist and PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Lenski at Michigan State University. I use the E. coli Long-Term Evolution Experiment (LTEE) to study how bacterial evolution in the absence of antibiotics affects their potential to evolve resistance when these drugs are introduced. Moreover, I study whether evolutionary tradeoffs of resistance mutations are contingent upon the LTEE genetic context they are found.
I am also a disabled researcher. I have a congenital neurological condition called Moebius Syndrome. Moebius has profoundly shaped who I am as a person and as a scientist, and it has introduced many challenges along the way. I am therefore a strong advocate for disabled individuals who desire to pursue careers in STEM fields. As a HHMI Gilliam Fellow, I am fortunate to be a member of a diverse group of scientists who are also committed to promoting inclusivity in science.
e-mail me at cardkyle at msu dot edu