Biology Honors Student Sarah Nessen '18


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Sarah Nessen ’18, a senior at Amherst double-majoring in Biology and French while pursuing an honors thesis in the Purdy lab, has won a $500 travel grant from the American Society for Microbiology to present a talk on her senior thesis work at the ASM Conference on Vibrio: The Biology of Vibrios in November 2017.  This international meeting brings together researchers who study the genomics, ecology, evolution, metabolism, and genetics of the Vibrio group of bacteria, which includes Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent of cholera, as well as closely-related water-borne pathogens Vibrio parahemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus.  Sarah will present her work on one of the group's several symbionts - Vibrio fischeri,  which enters into a mutually-beneficial partnership with the Hawaiian bobtail squid.  Co-authors on the talk include Stephany Flores-Ramos ’17, a previous honors thesis student in the Purdy lab, as well as Sarah Wishloff ’19, Kyra Raines ’20, Abigail Mesfin ’20, Cecila Prado, and Mark Mandel in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Congrats to Sarah!