Part of my undergraduate research was conducted in the lab of Dr. Gary Wang in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Florida, studying the pathogenesis of Clostridium dificile and the role of the microbiome in initial and subsequent infections. Specifically, I focused on the metabolic pathways that fuel its colonization and experimented with an array of medias to successfully culture commensal bacteria to further study their role. My newfound interest in the microbiome and its relation to other diseases led me to join Dr. Christian Jobin’s lab. Here, I’ve been able to aid in the research of host-microbe interactions concerning cancer development using animal models. This has allowed us to further investigate cancer physiology and with the use of molecular biology techniques, we are understanding the role of tumor environment in cancer progression. I’ve gained experience working with bacteria and mice models in combination with gavage, tissue collection and processing, PCR, plasmid construction, cell passaging, viral transduction, and sequencing. Upon graduating with my bachelor’s in the spring of 2020, I’ve worked as a lab technician in Dr. Jobin’s lab while working toward acceptance into a combined degree program (M.D, Ph.D.) to pursue a career focused on clinical research.