Hi, I’m Will, a research technician at Penn State University currently researching microbial ecology, carbohydrate-active enzyme evolution, and the structure and formation of biomaterials. I love the R programming language and (semi) regularly share my triumphs and failures here on my blog. I’m broadly interested in the diverse microbes that blanket our planet and how they built the world in which we live. What allows certain microbes to thrive in an environment? How do those microbes influence the environments they inhabit? And what can this tell us about the history of our planet and life as we know it today? I study these questions by examining the evolution of some very interesting protein families, how the detailed structure of key proteins influences their function in diverse environments, and how the structure of some incredible biomaterials (namely the plant cell wall) informs their function. I’m also fascinated by the origins of life, origins of eukaryotic cells, and the evolution of multicellularity. I hope to use this platform as a place to share my work and teach bioinformatics, data science, and fun/silly Rstats stuff!
BSc in Microbiology, 2017
The Pennsylvania State University
Here are the slides from my talks
Here are PDFs of my posters