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Laurisa Ankley

McNair Scholar Laurisa

Laurisa Ankley is an undergraduate biology major at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington.  She assists Dr. Andrea Castillo with her research to find new Helicobacter pylori effectors that contribute to disease.  Laurisa recently presented her project, "Supplemental Iron Offsets the Antibacterial Properties of Manuka Honey", at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Memphis, Tennessee.  This project was done under the mentorship of Dr. Robin O'Quinn and Dr. Andrea Castillo.  She will be continuing this project during the summer research internship under the Ronald E. McNair Scholar program.  Moving forward with this project she hopes to determine the mechanism by which supplemental iron blocks the antibacterial properties of Manuka honey.  She is expected to graduate Spring 2018 and plans to continue focusing on research by attending a Master's or Ph.D. program in microbiology.  

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