Dr. Maira Goytia, Assistant Professor of Biology, has received a 2-year grant from The National Science Foundation in the amount of $149,506 for her project entitled “Research Initiation Award: Mechanisms regulating intrinsic levels of antimicrobial resistance in planktonic cells and biofilms of commensal Neisseria”. There is an understanding that bacteria evolve in competitive environments, such as water, soil, on or inside macroorganisms such as humans. Dr. Goytia’s research will study whether bacteria commonly encountered in healthy humans express antimicrobial resistance mechanisms and whether they can be considered reservoirs of antimicrobial resistance genes for pathogens. This study will broaden the bacteriology research here at Spelman and pave the way for undergraduate independent research opportunities in the classroom, her research laboratory and other research spaces. With better understanding of antimicrobial resistance associated to sexually-transmitted bacteria, our students will be able to engage and educate the community to bring awareness to these major public health concerns.
Dr. Tameka Clemons, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, has received a 3-year grant from The National Science Foundation in the amount of $299,731 for her project entitled “Probing inter-compartmental cross-talk between redox and amylin signaling networks”. The main goal of this research project is to understand the relationship between proteins secreted from the beta-cell and oxygen radical formation. The understanding of the relationship between these proteins and oxygen radicals will help further the understanding of how to keep radicals from forming, which will help keep cells healthy. In addition, this project will allow students to participate in cutting edge discoveries in Biochemistry, as well as have students engage younger students in science by presenting scientific data at science events geared toward youth.
CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Angelino Viceisza for the feature of your EAGER grant from NSF!!
NSF-funded economist Angelino Viceisza, assistant professor of economics at Spelman College, describes his work to help Central American migrants with decision-making. Migrant workers sending money across borders to their families back home is a major driver of global development.