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Jennifer Ferrell is currently a PhD student in the Biological Sciences program in the Center for Microbial Dynamics and Infection here at Georgia Tech. She completed her Master’s in Clinical Microbiology in 2017 at the University of Nottingham, where she worked under the mentorship of Ph.D. Paul Williams to study quorum sensing and Pseudomonas aeruginosa attachment to indwelling devices. She is currently interested in the polymicrobial context of bacterial respiratory infection, specifically that of Cystic Fibrosis. Part of her research involves how the respiratory microbiome might affect pathogenesis and treatment success, focusing on cystic fibrosis and the pediatric ICU. Her work encompasses basic, clinical, and translational research at the interface of ecology, microbial pathogenesis, and infectious disease.
Iris Irby is currently a PhD student in the Biology program here at Georgia Tech. She worked as a Research Associate with NASA’s Ames Research Center, Space Life Sciences Training Program, under the mentorship of Ph.D. Jared Broddrick, on a project identifying the genetic determinants for microbial survival on the International Space Station. She is currently interested in phage research with various clades of Pseudomonas. Her work is deeply bioinformatic and works to bridge microbial pathogenesis with machine learning to develop disease models.
Benjamin J. Metcalf:
Sarah A. Sundius:
Sarah Sundius is currently a PhD student in the Quantitative Biology program here at Georgia Tech. Sarah was an ARCS Foundation Scholar in 2019 – 2021, and in 2020 she was a fellow with the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG). She is currently researching mathematical modeling of microbial species interactions, specifically that of Pseudomonas. Her work revolves around bioinformatics, ecology, and clinical research. Sarah is also a member of Georgia Tech’s Swim Club.