I first became interested in biology in high school when I first learned about metabolic processes such as respiration and photosynthesis, which led me to study biochemistry during my time as an undergraduate at Rider University. There, I was introduced to microbes and the kinds of diverse environments we can find them in. As an undergrad, I studied the ecology, genetics, and physiology of halophilic (salt-loving) bacteria and archaea isolated from a number of places, including the coastal waters of New Jersey, the Bahamas, and the Dead Sea.
As a grad student in the Girguis Lab, I’m interested in further studying the interactions between microbes and the abiotic world. In particular, I am working with microbes that are capable of performing extracellular electron transfer (EET), which allows them to respire and metabolize using insoluble materials such as metals, minerals, and electrodes as electron donors and acceptors. The study of these ‘electroactive’ microbes can lead to a number of applications for human benefit. For example, since the EET activity of microbes can be measured and captured as electrical current, systems designed to improve EET efficiency can potentially help us develop new forms of renewable energy.
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