I chose the University of Chicago because of its commitment to graduate research. Unlike most universities, graduate students represent the largest student body at UChicago. Under the mentorship of Eric Pamer, I investigate how lantibiotic-producing bacteria can shape the gut microbiota upon early colonization after antibiotic treatment, leading to prolonged dysbiosis. Through the courses offered on campus and my time in the Pamer Lab, I have had the opportunity to gain quality experience in microbiology research while advancing my wet lab and computational skillsets.
As many as two billion people are infected with Mycobaterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis, and are otherwise healthy and asymptomatic. (NIH)
Commensal bacteria (red) reside amongst the mucus (green) and epithelial cells (blue) of a mouse small intestine.