As a lecturer, I do not have my own research lab. However, I volunteer as co-principal investigator in Dr. Drew Reams’ bacterial genetics research program. As co-PI, my work includes recruiting students interested in genetics and microbiology. I have personally recruited several women and women of color to work in our lab. I also work developing the researchers' science communication skills. Currently, we are working on developing a deep understanding of the "big picture" problem and how to effectively communicate our results to any audience.
My graduate work focused on studying the origin of mutations under selective conditions. I used a genetically modified Salmonella bacterial system with an introduced, mutated lac operon. However, when these lac- cells were grown in lactose-only plates, Lac+ revertant colonies accumulated over time.
Major findings: When these Lac+ mutants were analyzed, I found a step-wise, accumulation of mutant clones within a slow-growing colony started by a single mutant already present before the selective conditions.
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Why do I love Science? Let me count ways.
I love the excitement of learning how things work
and understanding our universe.
I love the microbes that go unseen,
from the good, the bad and even the mean.
I love how mutations make us different
and make diversity magnificent.
I love the stars that shine down on us
and tell our story with stardust.