B.A. Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College, MA
One way of fighting microbial diseases is to target the cell walls of their causative agents - bacteria. When these cellular structures are compromised, bacteria lyse and die. I am investigating envelope biogenesis in the human opportunistic pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae, with the goal of understanding this process in order to increase our knowledge of antibiotic resistance and possibly inform antibiotics development.