Upper School Computational Biology students had the opportunity to meet virtually with Dr. Caitlin Simopoulos, a computational biologist Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottowa, whose current work focuses on microbiota like bacteria and viruses that live inside our intestines, also known as the gut microbiome. Dr. Simopoulos shared her scientific journey and her current research studying the proteins produced by microbes and using statistical analyses to see how these proteins change when humans take different medications or supplements. This study of microbial proteins helps identify what bacteria are present and what functions they have. In addition to learning about Dr. Simopoulos’s research, students gained insight into the day-to-day life and career path of a computational biologist. Many thanks to Ms. Doran and Mr. Leath for coordinating this stimulating and scientific virtual visit!