STEM Storytellers Graduate Research Lecture
- Friday, April 5, 2019 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
- Barnard Hall, 103 - view map
STEM Storytellers - Shawna Pratt “A Gooey Homeowners Association: Investigating the Organization of Microbial Communities.” Michael Coryell “Microscopic Defenders: Environmental Arsenic and the Gut Biome”
Shawna Pratt is a PhD student in the Chang Microfluidics lab. The members of the Chang Microfluidics lab study soft matter and biological systems, such as viral infection and microbial incubation. Shawna is trained as a bioengineer and in her research she uses drop-based microfluidics to study bacteria at the single cell level- and to study how bacteria respond to stresses and interactions from neighboring microorganisms. Outside of work, she enjoys becoming a culinary genius and practicing art. She also enjoys outdoor sports and blames Bozeman for that influence.
Shawna will be presenting her work and will share an engineering approach to studying communities of microorganisms at play in chronic wounds.
Mike Coryell is a PhD candidate in the department of Microbiology and Immunology advised by Professor Seth Walk. Mike studies the many roles of the human microbiome in health and disease, specifically focusing on the influence of gut bacteria during toxic arsenic exposures. He is a recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. In the fall he will be starting a postdoctoral research fellowship through the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education.
Mike will be sharing some of his research, recently published in Nature Communications, on how bacteria living in our guts help protect their host from arsenic poisoning.
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