Jacob Cavon

PhD student

I am a PhD student in the Molecular Engineering and Sciences program at the University of Washington.

I graduated from Montana State University, Bozeman with a BS in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. During my undergraduate career and post-graduation I characterized the function of an S. pyogenes virulence factor protein and contributed to a strep throat infection mouse model in Dr. Ben Lei’s lab.

Before starting graduate school I interned with Nature’s Fynd, where I helped advance the R&D of a mycelium-based leather alternative. I developed a high throughput, multiplexed method of prototyping, and built a complementary Python data processing and analytical pipeline to understand how variables at different stages of production influenced the textile’s final biochemical and physical properties.

Building on my experience at Nature’s Fynd where I predicted textile properties from high-dimensional, heterogeneous data, my goal in the Gibbons lab is to apply computational techniques to extract insights about the gut-brain axis from large, complex datasets. I am particularly interested in investigating how specific gut microbes might modulate behaviors such as sleep and addiction.

In my free time I enjoy adding to my already-too-big collection of houseplants, getting coffee, thrifting/antiquing, trying different sunscreens, cooking, traveling, and hanging out with friends.