Forkus wins 2016 SIMB Diversity Travel Award

Sept. 12, 2016 - Brittany Forkus, a fifth year chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate, was awarded a 2016 Diversity Travel Award by the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) to attend the Recent Advances in Microbial Control (RAMC) meeting in San Diego, California in October. The SIMB Diversity Travel Award was established to promote diversity and increase participation of underrepresented groups in the Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology among graduate students making presentations at any SIMB sponsored meeting.

Forkus works with Professor Yiannis Kaznessis on the development of antibiotic-alternatives for livestock use. Her research focuses on engineering probiotic bacteria to produce and secrete antimicrobial proteins with activity against food-borne pathogens. Outside of the lab, Forkus is an officer in the CEMS Women's Group and mentors undergraduates and high school students who are interested in bio-engineering research.

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