Meet the NMDC Ambassador Cohort

NMDC Ambassador Program

NMDC Ambassadors will engage with their respective research communities to lower barriers to adoption of metadata standards throughout the 2021-2022 year.

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2021-2022 Ambassadors

Arwa Abbas (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)
Postdoctoral Researcher
Mikayla A. Borton (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
Postdoctoral Research Associate
I'm excited about engaging with the research community to improve metadata standards!
Emily Davenport (Penn State University)
Assistant Professor
I'm excited to be a Champion to both learn and teach about making data in microbiome sciences as useful and reusable as possible.
Natalia Erazo (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
Ph.D. Student
I'm excited to help make data open, accessible, and reusable to leverage our knowledge of marine ecosystems for research and conservation! 
Chloe Herman (Northern Arizona University)
Ph.D. student
I am looking forward to collaborating with a group of people who share my passion for making data accessible.
Lisa Karstens (Oregon Health and Science University)
Assistant Professor
I’m looking forward to learning how to empower others to increase the usability and accessibility of microbiome data.
Brandon Kocurek (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
Staff Fellow Biologist
I am most looking forward to sharing my excitement about the potential of metadata standards and engaging the larger research community to amass the same excitement.
Holly Lutz (University of California, San Diego)
Assistant Project Scientist
I am excited to contribute to the promotion of standards and practices that ensure high quality data are freely accessible to all.
Kevin Myers (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)
I’m excited to be part of NMDC and promote metadata standards because making data FAIR will ensure equal access for everyone to make new discoveries.
Jaci Saunders (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Postdoctoral Investigator
I’m looking forward to networking with other people who are working at the interface of microbiology and data analytics, and helping elevate the visibility of metaproteomics in the omics informatics space.
Emily Vogtmann (National Cancer Institute)
Making microbiome metadata FAIR is essential for future pooled or meta-analyses to understand the impact of the microbiome on human health and disease. I’m excited to contribute to this effort as an NMDC Champion
Amanda Windsor (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
Staff Fellow Research Biologist
I am looking forward to learning how to improve my communication about data and metadata with my colleagues.
Thank you for your interest
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