Liana Merck

Where in the world is Liana?

Hello! Are you interested in how microbes differ across borders? Do you want to see how human behavior affects microbial diversity? Or maybe you’re looking for tips on researching abroad.

Follow me, Liana, a grad student at Harvard University and a 2021 Watson fellow, as I journeyed across the globe exploring the wonderful world of microbial and human cultures. During my eight-month Watson fellowship, I visited farms and labs in different countries, collecting and sequencing microbes from yogurt and other fermented foods. Along the way, I also explored local cultures and customs and shared my experience of traveling and working abroad. Read my blog below to find out more.

And if you want to know how I got from brewing kombucha to getting a Watson Fellowship, read my bio.