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Tiara Perez Morales

My desire to learn about how microorganisms communicate goes back to my undergraduate research days. I have always been fascinated at how bacteria can sense and react to their environment. In our lab, we want to understand how specific cell-cell communication systems are used to benefit host-microbe interactions in our gastrointestinal tract. 

Education:

BS in Industrial Microbiology, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

PhD in Microbiology, University of Iowa

Postdoctoral studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Our researchers

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Ahsan Adil, Junior

His work will identify potential phenotypes of quorum sensing in Lactobacilli

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Ciera Duffy, Senior

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Her work will determine changes in quorum sensing expression in Lactobacilli 

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Ahmed Mohiuddin, Sophomore

His work will determine phenotypes associated with quorum sensing proteins

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Anna Thiel, Senior 

Her work will help determine effects of bile acids in quorum sensing systems

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Zainab Ahmed, Senior

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Her work will help determine expression changes of quorum sensing target genes

Past research students 

Ifrah Khan, BS Health Sciences 

Najah Azim

Maryam Mohammed 

Noura Omari

Daniel Soto, HS