Role of the pqq operon in antibiotic resistance within Pseudomonas eye infections
I work within the Fleiszig laboratory, which focuses on Pseudomonas eye infections. This summer, I will be studying the role of specific genes within the pqq operon, an operon formerly known to be involved in ethanol oxidation. I will be exploring the unknown role of this operon in facilitating antimicrobial resistance when Pseudomonas is grown in tear fluid.
Message To SponsorURAP has given me this incredible opportunity to extend my interest in research far beyond the classroom. I get to not only employ real-life research techniques, but I get to be involved in experimental design/planning. I have so much appreciation for this past year in the lab, and I am very excited to continue with this work until I graduate. I know that the skills I learn in the Fleiszig lab will prepare me for a career in research and medicine.
Major: Microbial Biology
Mentor: Suzanne Fleiszig, Optometry
Sponsor: Leadership Fund