Andie grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he received his undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Toronto in 2022. There, he worked under Dr. William Navarre to develop a plasmid-based genome editing system for the bacterial family Lactobacillaceae. In collaboration with PhD candidate Jhenielle Campbell and Dr. Henry Krause, he assisted investigations on two fatty acid metabolites produced by the Lactobacillaceae which bind to the human nuclear receptor PPARα. Concomitantly, he explored his interests in human immune development under Dr. Arthur Mortha, where alongside Dr. Kyle Burrows he studied type 2 innate lymphoid cell differentiation and phenotypic plasticity.
After lovingly dismantling and shipping their bike across international borders, Andie moved to Boston with just two suitcases in hand, and is now a graduate student in the Harvard BBS program. They are currently rotating in a variety of labs to feed their curiosity surrounding molecular mechanisms that control bidirectional communication between hosts and commensal microbes.
When not at his bench, Andie can be found racing down Massachusetts Avenue on his bike, drawing Lovecraftian monsters on his tablet, or trying the latest recipe from South Korean chef and reality TV star Baek Jong-won.