Cara Magnabosco, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Systems Biology, CCB, Flatiron Institute

Cara Magnabosco joined the Simons Foundation in 2016 as a member of the Systems Biology group at the Center for Computational Biology. Her research focuses on developing computational methods to better understand the evolution of microorganisms throughout Earth’s history and their interactions in the modern world. Before joining the foundation, Magnabosco was a graduate student at Princeton University, where she completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Geosciences. Magnabosco holds a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Southern California.

Research Interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of microbiology, computer science and data science. I am particularly fascinated by questions surrounding the evolution of microbes throughout Earth’s history and their interactions in the modern world. A significant amount of my research focuses on the development of computational methods for performing DNA sequence analysis, and the biological interpretation of the results. My work uses ideas from metagenomics and phylogenetics to explore the context in which microbes live. The rapid advances in next-generation sequencing have prompted a revolution in how biologists design and analyze experiments, creating an unprecedented demand for the development of tools to properly interpret biological data. One of my main goals is to contribute to this cause.

For more information on my research activities, please visit my research webpageGoogle Scholar profile and blog.


Ph.D., Geosciences (2016)
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

B.S., Biochemistry (2011)
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

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