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Katherine Moccia

Technical Advisor

New York, NY


Katherine joined Haley Guiliano in 2020 after completing her PhD in microbiology.

Katherine has worked in microbiology laboratories since 2011. She began her career in science by participating in a Phage Phinders Program at Albert Einstein Medical University. While in graduate school, Katherine’s research focused on understanding plant-microbe interactions at the University of Tennessee. She developed new methodologies using modern microbiome sequencing tools to better examine microbial eukaryotes within alfalfa plants. Together with a bioinformatician, she created and tested MAPT, the microbiome alignment preference tool that allows scientists the ability to block reads for any organism of interest. She developed synthetic bacterial communities to examine how nitrogen levels impact colonization, and in doing so discovered that bacteria that colonize alfalfa can have both plant and nutrient dependent colonization patterns.

Honors & Awards

    • Microbiology Research Excellence, University of Tennessee, Microbiology Department
    • Dr. Ray Holton Plant Science Award, University of Tennessee, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Distinguished Science Scholar, Bard College, Department of Biology

Memberships & Affiliations

    • International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME)
    • International Society for Molecular-Plant-Microbe Interactions (IS-MPMI)