My thesis research on plant pathogens introduced me to the exciting world of microbe-microbe interactions. In order to learn more about this world and how it can be leveraged to improve agriculture, I took a summer to step away from my graduate studies and intern at NewLeaf on the Biotic Stress Team. This experience solidified in my mind how important M-trophs are for improving agriculture and making it more sustainable. I am excited to be returning to the NewLeaf team after recently earning my Ph.D. from the Plant and Microbial Biosciences program at Washington University. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy exploring all that St. Louis has to offer whether it is a walk in Tower Grove Park, eating at new restaurants, or hiking on nearby trails.