B.S., Microbiology, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Ph.D., Molecular Microbiology, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University, Boston, MA
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a Gram-negative, opportunistic pathogen that exhibits intrinsic resistance to numerous antibiotics making it difficult to treat infections with this bacterium. One approach towards addressing this issue is to identify novel targets in essential pathways that are amenable to antibiotic development. To this end, my research is focused on providing mechanistic insight into cell envelope biogenesis in P. aeruginosa in order to reveal new factors required for assembly of the essential peptidoglycan cell wall.