I am currently enrolled as a senior in Sylvania Southview High School and have been accepted to the University of Toledo's College of Life Sciences and Mathematics as a Biology major for autumn of 2017. Some of my extracurricular activities include interning in Dr. Viamajala’s biochemical engineering lab, playing piano, performing and teaching various types of Indian dance, and competing in mostly life-science related events in Science Olympiad, including Anatomy and Physiology, Disease Detectives, and Hydrogeology. I am highly interested in furthering my research in micro-algae with this project; so far, I have assisted Alessandra Krusciel with the harvesting process of this alkaliphilic algae and have created a lab report with a statistical analysis of algal properties and the previously focused-on experiment that is to be published in a video article format by the company JoVE.
The abstract for this experiment thoroughly excites me because I am very intrigued by the study of antibiotics, based off of my prior studies of human health and wellness. After studying algae in Dr. Viamajala's lab for the past seven months, I think this will be a fascinating step forward in the field of environmental and biochemical engineering.