Developing a mouse model to study pathogenicity of gonorrhea.
My research involves studying the mechanisms C. difficile uses to be a successful pathogen. If we understand how C. difficile makes people sick, we can target these mechanisms and treat people who have CDI with antibiotic alternative interventions, such as diet.
How did life get started from non-living ingredients on the early Earth? Does life exist on other worlds and if so, how will we know when we find it? These are the big questions motivating my research on the chemical origins of life.