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Hansen, Zoe

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
190 Food Safety & Toxicology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-2031



Zoe Hansen is a 3rd-year PhD candidate in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department and is a member of the Manning Lab. Her research focuses on using bioinformatics methods to investigate the ecological consequences of pathogen invasion in the human gut environment. Specifically, she is interested in studying how this ecological flux influences the composition and transmission of antibiotic resistance genes. Zoe is very passionate about outreach and science communication; she volunteers heavily with the local chapter of Graduate Women in Science (GWIS), currently serving as Secretary. Through GWIS, she is also the co-chair for Girls Math and Science Day, an annual event designed to give middle school-age girls exposure to an array of STEM-themed activities. She also serves as a departmental representative for the MSU Council of Graduate Students (COGS) and contributes to ComSciCon-MI, a Michigan-based workshop aimed at developing science communication skills. Zoe earned her B.A. in Biology from St. Olaf College in 2016.



  1. Microbiome Conference, 2019 – Poster Presentation – Characterization of the human gut resistome in patients infected with an enteric pathogen. Hansen Z. Nohomovich B. Cha W. Manning S.
  2. Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Symposium, 2019 – Oral Presentation - A Metagenomic Perspective of the Human Gut Resistome Response to Infection.