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I am passionate about expanding our pool of scientific knowledge and training the next generation. This has lead me to obtain my PhD, and now continue into a postdoctoral position at Cornell University. I am currently tackling the effects of chronic infection in Drosophila melanogaster together with two talented undergraduate researchers in the Lazzaro lab.

I believe that biology education should focus on training critical thinking and instilling a passion for biology through connections to everyday life. This is critical not only for future researchers, but for the entire community.

Host-Microbe Blog

As part of my upper-level biology courses: Bucknell Biology of Host-Microbe Interactions (BIO306) and Muhlenberg Microbial Pathogenesis (BIO 486), students are asked to write blogs translating recent advances in the field into articles for readers with minimal science background.  After a round of peer review, the students vote on the blogs they would like to represent the class.  Winning blogs will be published on this website.

Biology of Host-Microbe Interactions (Spring 2017)

April 20th, 2017

Olivia Langa - Have we found a way to end Zika Viruses effects on pregnancy?

Colt Laurin - Are Your Pets Affecting Your Infant’s Health?

February 9th, 2017

Olivia Langa - Is What You Eat Making Your Gut Too Clean?

Laney Marcotte - Phage Therapy: The New Battle Against Salmonella


Microbial Pathogenesis (Fall 2015)

November 10th, 2015

Spencer Bigelow - The Plague: As Dangerous as Ever

Amanda Riley - Influenza a Complex Troublemaker

September 29th, 2015

Spencer Bigelow - Game Planning MRSA: A Guide to Surviving Synthetic Turf

Amanda Riley - Antibiotic Resistance: Super-Bugs causing Super-Problems

Sydney Saltzman - Should you be afraid of EBV?

Michael Hovan - MRSA