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Undergraduate Student Projects

Current research projects by undergraduate students

Jinzhang (Barry) is a junior majoring in Food Science. He is investigating survival of Listeria monocytogenes in casing soil used in mushroom production. Barry received a College of Agricultural Sciences and a Department of Food Science competitive research grants to pursue his research goals.

Tim is investigating production of insecticidal crystal proteins by food and environmental isolates of the Bacillus cereus group.

Emma Mills is a junior majoring in Immunology and Infectious Disease. She is working with Bacillus cereus to study its antimicrobial resistance. Her new project involves genomic epidemiology of clinical, food and environmental Campylobacter strains from Pennsylvania. Emma wants to further her knowledge in tracking disease and antimicrobial resistance.

Gabriella is a Food Science undergraduate student working on inactivation of Salmonella during cocoa roasting.

Cassidy Prince is a sophomore Schreyer Scholar majoring in Microbiology with a minor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Currently, she works alongside graduate student Manjari Mukherjee to investigate the molecular pathogenesis of Bacillus cereus group strains. During the summer of 2019, she will be involved in training of Ethiopian researchers from Addis Ababa University on foodborne-pathogen detection methods. Her academic interests include pathogenic bacteria, toxicology, immunology, and global health.

Hanan is a Senior Math major with an interest in mathematical and computational biology. Currently, he is working on a research project on detection of the presence of pathogens in water using metagenomics methods.

Anjali is a WISER/MURE/FURP fellow working on antimicrobial resistance of foodborne pathogens.

Meg's project is focused on investigating persister physiology in bacteria. In summer 2018, Meg was working on a water safety research and extension project in a frame of the CONSERVE project, at University of Maryland. Meg received competitive research funding from Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and the Department of Food Science. In Fall 2018, Meg is serving as a teaching assistant in FDSC 409 - Laboratory in Food Microbiology.

Ashley is a senior majoring in Immunology and Infectious Disease. She is working on a research project focused on determining the antimicrobial resistance of Salmonella and E. coli. Ashley is extremely interested in bacterial and viral pathogenesis and investigating how they cause disease in humans, as well as vaccine development.

Elizabeth is a Food Science undergraduate student working on inactivation of Salmonella during cocoa roasting.