MEET MDTP STUDENTS
Susan studies interactions between the human gut microbiome and the pathogen C. difficile in the Venturelli lab. She is interested in how the microbiome resists pathogen colonization and how the microbiome alters the pathogen's susceptibility to antibiotics. In the warms months, she enjoys biking to work and gardening. In the winter, she is looking forward to ice skating and reading non-fiction.
Katie studies the diversity in gene regulation in the Hawaiian bobtail squid symbiont Vibrio fischeri. More specifically, she is looking at how production of an exopolysaccharide needed for squid colonization is regulated and what these differences mean for squid colonization. Outside of lab Katie sings with Madison Chamber Choir and Madison Choral Project as well as spending time with her dog Nakia.
Erin is a third-year MDTP student in Michael Thomas’ lab. She is interested in microbial specialized metabolism, and her work utilizes a directed evolution approach to alter substrate specificity in natural product forming enzymes. Away from the bench, Erin enjoys cycling, record collecting, listening to NPR, and spending time with her daughter.