Heer Mehta, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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2015: Ph.D., Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Texas at Dallas, TX

2016-2019: Postdoctoral research associate, Rice University, Houston, TX

2019-2022: Research scientist, Rice University, Houston, TX

2022-2023: Research Scientist, Cemvita, Houston, TX

Research Interests

My training and background are in molecular microbiology with a focus on next generation sequencing (NGS) and variant identification in bacterial pathogens. As a graduate student, I studied mechanisms of nitric oxide detoxification in uropathogenic E. coli. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University, I used the method of experimental evolution to identify mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in bacterial pathogens. As a Research Scientist at a startup company based in Houston, I worked on genetic engineering of non-model microbes. Since joining the HGSC in July 2023, I have been involved in the development of novel methods and the implementation of production pipelines for long-read sequencing applications.