Margaret Ann Hilliard

OEB PhD graduate student, Margaret Hilliard

B.A. in Biology & Biochemistry, Marlboro College. 2018

Advisor: David A. Sela

Research Interests

I'm broadly interested in the evolution of inter-individual differences in human milk composition. Also, how maternal genetics and environmental exposures influence the development of the infant gut microbiome. I use molecular genetics to investigate carbohydrate scavenging in the infant gut commensal Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis. I also use a simplified in vitro model of the distal gut microbiome to study how host-indigestible carbohydrates modulate fecal communities.