As the bioinformatics lead within the Natick Microbiome Interest Group within the Soldier Performance and Optimization Directorate (SPOD), Ida implements bioinformatics tools to explore changes in gut microbiota structure and metabolism as a function of diet and military-relevant stressors. Her work contributes to understanding the link between nutrition, gut microbiome and Warfighter health and performance. Ida received her Bachelor’s degree (2007) and Doctorate degree (2012) in Biology from University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus. She performed her Postdoctoral training under the mentorship of Dr George Church, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School as part of the Minority Action Plan (MAP) Program (2012-2014). In 2015, she joined the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition, Boston Medical Center as a Clinical Research Coordinator.