Danica joined the Malik lab after finishing her undergraduate degree in microbiology at the Univeristy of Washington. As an undergraduate Danica worked in the Mougous lab at UW, where she studied the Type VI Secretion System and it’s role in inter-bacterial interactions in the human gut microbiota. In the Malik lab she studies the genetic conflict taking place between CRISPR-Cas systems and bacteriophage, and tests predicted anti-CRISPR genes for functionality against various Cas proteins.  

Outside of the lab Danica enjoys riding her horses, and spending time with her friends and family.