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Cohort 4

Cassandra Jordan‌Cassandra Jordan

I graduated from Aurora University in May 2018 where I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Although I graduated from a smaller university that was not research heavy, I was able to acquire research experience that helped me to realize a career in the lab is right for me. I was able to enroll in more advanced lab based courses as well as work alongside my professor and a few other students on a synthetic biology experiment, in which we developed a temperature sensitive biosensor (E. coli) through the use of the 2017 iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) kit.

This year I will be working in Dr. Carbonetti’s lab to help in ongoing research investigating the bacteria primarily responsible for whooping cough, Bordetella pertussis. Through the research opportunities, guidance, and additional resources provided through the STARPREP program, I hope to pursue a PhD that would best prepare me to help further advance the field of biomedical sciences.