Ally Lawing, Master's Student, Receives Domer Graduate Student Research Award

Ally Lawing '23, graduate student, received the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies' Domer Graduate Student Research Award for her research on "Co-culture Interactions Between Adherent-Invasive Escherichia coli and Enterococcus faecalis Indicate Increased Biofilm Formation." 

Lawing's research aims to differentiate microbe interactions in biofilms between Crohn's disease-related Adherent Invasive E. Coli (AIEC) and Inflammatory bowel disease-analogous E. faecalis to understand favorable micro--microbe interactions that account for their endurance along the inflames GI gract in patients with IBD. AIEC can prevail in biofilms, which attach to surfaces and are encased in a self-producing exopolysaccharide matrix. In her previous research, a phenotype indicating biofilm formation was seen in co-culture with AIEC and E. faecalis. Lawing is currently observing the expression of genes critical for K-12 E. coli biofilm formation in these co-cultures to understand how E. faecalis impacts this microbial system and biofilm response. 

Lawing's research was advised by Dr. Rachel Bleich . 

Published: Apr 18, 2024 12:19pm