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MGM Graduate Student (2011)
3615 Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (267) 426-8374
Research Interest: Bacterial pathogenesis; Outer membrane vesicle formation in E. coli
I am a member of Dr. Joseph St. Geme’s lab, now located at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which is focused on adhesion of pediatric respiratory pathogens. I am especially interested in protein modification by glycosylation of adherence molecules in the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae and am working to define the function of these modifications, and more specifically, what about the function makes them necessary for bacterial adherence. Before coming to Duke, I earned my bachelor’s in Microbiology with a minor in Spanish at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. While there, I was a member of Dr. Viveka Vadyvaloo’s laboratory where we studied the transmission ofYersinia pestis via the flea vector. Following graduation, I took a semester to teach English, science, and music in a rural El Salvadorian village. Outside of my lab work here in Philadelphia, I enjoy cooking, reading, hiking, climbing, and paddling.