Dr. Tringe joined the JGI in 2003 as a postdoctoral fellow in Eddy Rubin’s group. During her postdoctoral tenure she developed methods for comparative analysis of metagenome data from complex microbial communities. In 2006 she took a research scientist position providing scientific support for the developing portfolio of collaborator metagenome projects, and in 2010 she became head of the Metagenome Program. Dr. Tringe also heads the Microbial Systems Group, whose work focuses on sequence-based approaches to studying microbial community assembly, function and dynamics.  Major foci of these research efforts are the roles of microbial communities in wetland carbon cycling and the interactions of plants with their associated microbiomes. Dr. Tringe also serves as JGI’s Deputy of User Programs.