I am a research assistant in the Vadyvaloo lab and a trainee in the NIH Protein Biotechnology Training Program at Washington State University. Our lab looks to understand Yersinia pestis, the bacterial agent of plague, in its ability to adapt and create biofilm which provides the foundation of efficient transmission of the pathogen by fleas to animals. My project focuses on characterizing the global regulator protein, CsrA, to uncover the detailed molecular role in regulating biofilm production and transmission upon Yersinia pestis’ response to nutrient availability. These findings may lead to future strategic development of potential targets that interrupt disease maintenance and transmission cycles of plague.
My skills include DNA cloning, biofilm quantification assays, metabolite extraction, glycogen accumulation quantification, flea infections, Westerns, and qRT-PCR. I recently attended the 2018 American Society for Microbiology Northwest Branch Conference (Portland, OR), the 1st Research Symposium for the Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem (University of Idaho) and the 18th Annual College of Veterinary Medicine Student Research Symposium (Washington State University). Outside of research, I serve as a senator for College of Veterinary Medicine and a committee member of the American Microbiology Society WSU chapter.
I am interested in a biotechnology internship that will enable me to continue developing skills in molecular genetic techniques within microbial or eukaryotic organisms to better understand disease and host interaction.
Department (mail): SGAH (7090)