Student Spotlights

Corpus- protrait In the Waters lab, I study Vibrio cholerae, a bacterium that is responsible for millions of deaths. My main objective is investigating a set of genes that are believed to be involved in increased virulence within the pathogenic biotype. Two of these genes encode proteins that potentially provide population defense against bacteriophages, through a second-messenger signaling network that causes individual infected bacteria to kill themselves. Other genes that I have studied...

NguyenFor the past three years, my research in Dr. Mendoza’s lab has focused on characterizing and understanding the biofilms that accumulate on laboratory safety eye-washers. We’ve successfully identified hundred of strains of different bacteria and fungi, and now our goal is to understand the genetic and structural components that make up these complexes. I am currently taking a graduate course on confocal microscopy to utilize this tool and analyze the biofilm at a more precise...

Dodson researchFor the last year, I have been working in Dr. Neal Hammer's lab studying the opportunistic pathogen, Staphylococcus aureusS. aureus is a serious threat to public health worldwide, causing a range of diseases from food poisoning to infective endocarditis. My current project focuses on S. aureus' metabolism of Sulphur, more specifically...