After spending the summer of 2011 at an internship where I did work on rapid genotyping of bacterial genome samples, I returned to the University of Notre Dame for my 3rd year of Ph.D. studies. The work that I had done prior on the MAKER platform was polished and submitted to ICCABS 2012 and was accepted for publication. In addition to this I have been working on my Ph.D. proposal which will involve some of the rapid genotyping work I've done prior and new applications in the realm of metagenomics and ecological genomics. My goal is to develop methods that are directed at analysis of sequencing data from natural environments rather than in-bred laboratory strains.