Amanda received her Ph.D. from Princeton in Molecular Biology studying the nitty-gritty signal transduction of single species communication known as quorum sensing. She accepted a position in the Handelsman Lab in 2017 to apply that work to the interspecies interactions of microbial communities. Specifically, Amanda hopes to conduct a genetic screen for mechanisms of community phenotypes. Once genetic determinants of synergistic community interactions are discovered, she will identify factors required for invasion of a bacterial species into a stable community. Knowledge gained could provide targets for microbial community manipulation, which could have therapeutic implications such as improved probiotics or increased gut microbiome resilience.